Definition of heartsease in English:

heartsease

Line breaks: hearts|ease
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːtsiːz
 
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(also heart's-ease)

noun

  • A wild European pansy which typically has purple and yellow flowers. It has given rise to hybrids from which most garden pansies were developed.
    • Viola tricolor, family Violaceae
    More example sentences
    • On the left upright a dove with olive branch, alluding to the Noah story, is enclosed in a trefoil representing the Holy Trinity, and on the right, in a cruciform shape, is a pansy, or heartsease, traditionally the flower of the Trinity.
    • You can also add a sprinkle of runner-bean flowers to vegetable soups, or top salads and creamy desserts with pansies and heartsease.
    • Two you don't often see on the table are pretty heartsease that will flower from midspring to late autumn, and the blue-flowered borage, easy to grow as well as selfseeding.

Origin

late Middle English: origin uncertain, the term being applied by herbalists to both the pansy and the wallflower in the 16th century.

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