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Pronunciation: /ˈpanzi

Definition of pansy in English:

noun (plural pansies)

1A cultivated variety of viola with brightly coloured flowers.
  • Genus Viola, family Violaceae: several species and hybrids, in particular V. × wittrockiana
Example sentences
  • Superb instant effects can be achieved by using semi-advanced seedlings of annual flowers such as lobelia, marigolds, pansies and primulas, which are all low-growing and suitable for containers.
  • I plant pansies and violas, too, for color now and again in spring.
  • Seed catalogues can usually be relied upon to indicate which pansies and violas are good for most if not all the winters we are likely to experience.
2 informal , derogatory An effeminate or homosexual man.
3South African A sand dollar with a flower-like purple marking on the shell.
  • Echinodiscus bisperforatus, class Echinoidea
Example sentences
  • GnRH immunoreactivity has also been identified in two anthozoan species: the sea pansy, Renilla koellikeri, and the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.
  • In the sea pansy, Renilla koellikeri, serotonin can stimulate rhythmic muscular contraction and spawning, and melatonin can inhibit these contractions.
  • The unusual ‘sea pansy,’ Renilla, has a primary polyp that is broad and flattened, with autozooids and siphonozooids on the upper surface.


late Middle English: from French pensée 'thought, pansy', from penser 'think', from Latin pensare, frequentative of pendere 'weigh, consider'.

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