Definition of forget-me-not in English:

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Pronunciation: /fərˈɡet mē ˌnät/


A low-growing plant of the borage family that typically has blue flowers and is a popular ornamental.
  • Myosotis and other genera, family Boraginaceae: several species, in particular the common water forget-me-not (M. scorpioides), whose bright blue flowers have a yellow, pink, or white center.
Example sentences
  • You can sow the following directly in the ground: baby blue eyes, forget-me-nots, sweet alyssum, sweet peas, and spring wildflowers.
  • Cluster them with snapdragons, primroses, forget-me-nots and alyssum in mixed beds or in containers.
  • In between the ferns we have planted snowdrops and Omphalodes cappadocica, a relative of the forget-me-not which produces azure blue flowers in early spring each year.


Mid 16th century: translating the Old French name ne m'oubliez mye; said to have the virtue of ensuring that the wearer of the flower would never be forgotten by a lover.

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Syllabification: for·get-me-not

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