Definitions

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  • n. Any of several different species of plants having blue flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of woolen cloth of a bluish color.
  • n. In botany, a name given to several plants with blue flowers: to the bluebottle, Centaurea Cyanus;
  • n. in the United States, to Houstonia (formerly Oldenlandia) cærulea;
  • n. to a species of bilberry.
  • n. In ornithology, a humming-bird of the subgenus Basilinna, as the Mexican B. leucotis, or the Californian B. xantusi, one of the queen-hummers.

Etymologies

From French bluet, diminutive of bleu ("blue"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And yet this blue-bird -- (one can't say "blue robin" -- I think we shall have to call him "bluet," like the cornflower) -- stays in Sweden, where it sings so sweetly that it is called "a hundred tongues."

    Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

  • Of the 4 air beds we took (old ones), three went down within a couple of hours of inflation, and the ancient bluet Camping Gaz stove took about 40 minutes to (just about) boil a litre or so of water – at which point (on one occasion), I knocked it over onto the grass and had to start again.

    F*cking Big Tent « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • Common forbs included asters, prairie bluet, prairie clovers, and black-eyed susan.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • He can make a bouquet from one violet, one bluet, and one hawthorn blossom.

    Big and Little

  • A sizable stack of felled logs lay to one side, and nearby lay a tangle of uprooted stumps, though several more, still rooted in the ground, poked through the heavy growth of wood sorrel and bluet.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Billy picked a bluet and the grasshopper picked a bluet.

    The Grasshopper Stories

  • And I've had flowers, thousands of wild flowers, to find and carry home or, if too frail to bear carrying home, like the delicate spring beauty and the bluet, just to look at and admire and turn again to look at as I went out of the woods.

    Patchwork A Story of 'The Plain People'

  • John Burroughs found a single bluet in blossom one January, near

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • The bluet leaves the doctor's office feeling even smaller than when it came in.

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • The rose psychiatrist gives the bluet a few diagnostic tests and a full physical examination.

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  • I loved the bluets when I lived in Hoosier land. I had a neighbor whose child-of-nature daughter was named Bluet - and her nickname, Bluie, I simply adore to this day.

    January 30, 2010

  • "A sizable stack of felled logs lay to one side, and nearby lay a tangle of uprooted stumps, though several more, still rooted in the ground, poked through the heavy growth of wood sorrel and bluet."
    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 139

    January 30, 2010