American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several herbs of the genus Hedyotis, especially the low-growing H. caerulea of eastern North America, which has blue flowers with yellow centers. Also called Quaker-ladies.
- n. Plural form of bluet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A name given to several different species of plants having blue flowers, as the Houstonia cœrulea, the Centaurea cyanus or bluebottle, and the Vaccinium angustifolium.
- Middle English, from bleu, blue; see blue. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tolerance, gratitude, appreciation blossomed frailly; and over all there spread, like those hosts of four-petaled flowers we used to call bluets, which grew in such abundance among rarer violets or wild strawberry -- there spread through Ruth's awakened nature a thousand and one little kindly impulses that had to do with smiles for servants, kind words for old people, and courtesy to clerks in shops.”
“American plants, such as bluets, or Quaker ladies, small blue spring flowers, common to open meadows in northern United States; and partridge berries (_Mitchella repens_).”
“Having no provisions with us we were obliged for the first few days to eat what we could find in the woods, such as certain little blue berries that they call "bluets," and other wild fruits, which the people of the country despise.”
“I am a great fan of bluets from north of the border, as well.”
“And the trillium and bluets he had picked first, two weeks ago on the first day of the new hobby.”
“Blueberries are myrtilles in France today but bluets in Quebec, as they were in the writings of Champlain.”
“That usage was standard during the early seventeenth century, but is now archaic in Paris, where bluets have become French cornflowers.”
“Bunchberry, bluets, and blue flag blooming by the roadside, plus a verification of the wild calla in the bog.”
“Here is a photo from May Day--bluets and moss and last year's grass”
“It was a beautiful day, the meadows peppered with dandelions and bluets.”
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