Definition of wallflower in English:

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wallflower

Pronunciation: /ˈwôlˌflou(ə)r/

noun

1A southern European plant of the cabbage family, with fragrant yellow, orange-red, dark red, or brown flowers, cultivated for its early spring blooming.
  • Cheiranthus cheiri, family Brassicaceae.
Example sentences
  • Grape hyacinths, Pulmonaria, rock cress, azaleas, lilacs, wallflowers and pinks furnish nectar in early and mid-spring.
  • Cottage gardens usually look their best in early summer, but do include plants that peak at different seasons such as early bulbs, wallflowers and violas for spring.
  • A perennial wallflower planted late last spring continues to flower after having been trimmed back a couple of times with each flush of colour.
2 informal A person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party.
Example sentences
  • A new dance class - where wallflowers won't be welcome - swings into action next month.
  • Grace, a mousy wallflower of a girl who had remained quiet until now, is pointing towards the window, where the curtains are now billowing in the wind and the tree branches are scraping against the glass.
  • You can almost imagine him at the school dance as the wallflower, smiling a secret smile to himself as he watched the gyrations and romantic aspirations of others.

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Syllabification: wall·flow·er

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