from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large ornamental vase for cut flowers.


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  • I wish you could see her parlour as I saw it yesterday afternoon -- her books in a bookcase of her husband's manufacture, very nice and pretty; her spinning-wheel in the comer; the large "beau-pot" of flowers in the window; and such

    Station Life in New Zealand

  • 'They may arrive any moment now,' George said, and then his bright handsome face disappeared from the window, and in another moment he had come as quietly as was possible for him, into the sunny parlour, now beautified by silken drapery, worked by Lucy's clever fingers, and sweet with the fragrance of flowers in the beau-pot on the hearth and fresh rushes on the floor.

    Penshurst Castle In the Days of Sir Philip Sidney

  • The open fireplace was filled by a large beau-pot filled with a posy of flowing shrubs and long grass and rushes.

    Penshurst Castle In the Days of Sir Philip Sidney

  • There were baskets of white work about, and a small shelf of books hung against the wall, books used for reading, and not for propping up a beau-pot of flowers.

    Cousin Phillis

  • It was scented by a great beau-pot filled with roses; and, besides, the casement was open to the fragrant court.

    The Moorland Cottage

  • Nothing is smoothed off; rakes are unknown, ruts and ditches are full of water, frogs are tranquilly delivered of their tadpoles, the woodland flowers bloom, and the heather is as beautiful as that I have seen on your mantle-shelf in January in the elegant beau-pot sent by Florine.

    Sons of the Soil

  • a table against the wall between the windows, a great beau-pot of flowers was placed upon the folio volumes of Matthew Henry's

    Cousin Phillis


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  • In Keats's Isabella, or The Pot of Basil, which has received some attention in this forum (see comments at swelt), Isabella digs up her murdered lover's body, decapitates it and buries the head in a plant pot in which she then grows a basil plant. It's enough to turn you off pesto genovese.

    She buried his head (why, I know not)

    And basil was fed on its slow rot.

    Now mixed with cut flowers

    That sweet scent empowers

    Lorenzo to breathe from the beau-pot.

    September 25, 2015