from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A country girl; a shepherdess; a sweetheart: a common name for such in old romances, pastoral poems, etc.
  • To address or celebrate in amatory verses.
  • noun A genus of undershrubs of the gamopetalous order Rubiacæ and the tribe Anthospermeæ, characterized by stamens inserted on the base of the corolla, and fruit consisting of two pyriform indehiscent carpels.

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  • proper noun Greek mythology A girl who killed herself for love, and was turned into an almond tree.
  • proper noun A female given name derived from the mythological character.


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From Ancient Greek Φυλλίς (Phullis, "foliage").



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