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heartsease

Syllabification: hearts·ease
Pronunciation: /ˈhärtsēz
 
/
(also heart's-ease)

Definition of heartsease in English:

noun

A wild European pansy that typically has purple and yellow flowers. It has given rise to the hybrids from which most garden pansies were developed.
  • Viola tricolor, family Violaceae
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.

Words that rhyme with heartsease

fascescalces

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