Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A basket in which flowers are held.
- n. A hexactinellid sponge, Euplectella aspergilium. Also called Venus's flower-basket.
“At this moment the windows were open, the fragrance from the garden scented the room, the flower-basket in the centre displayed its pyramid of flowers.”
“She was standing by the mantelpiece under the picture of the white-robed girl with the flower-basket, and the tears slid slowly down her cheeks.”
“It was only the other day that she plucked a few, and plaited them, after drying them well in the sun, into a flower-basket and a gourd, and gave them to me to play with.”
“She wears a sun-hat and carries a flower-basket, which are decorative as well as useful.”
“The form called "Venus flower-basket," large and basket-shaped, might answer for a mermaid's work-basket, and hold her thimble, scissors, and thread.”
“So he was left an heir at the age of ten years -- heir to all the fortune of his dead aunt, which consisted of two shillings and fourpence, a flower-basket, a pebble with a hole drilled through it, and a dying woman's blessing.”
“I stumbled in my excitement, and the flower-basket fell out of my hand.”
“With these words, she and the flower-basket disappeared in a moment from their sight.”
“The lady was indeed got up in a gorgeous style of dress, for she wore all the colors of the rainbow, without their blending, had flounces nearly to her waist, giving her the appearance of an half-inflated balloon; and she had made a very flower-basket of her head.”
“Oliver drops back into the stag line after being stuck for a dance and a half with a leaden-footed human flower-basket who devoted the entire time to nervous giggles and the single coy statement that she just knew he never could guess who she was but she recognized him perfectly.”
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