Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Any of several herbs of the genus Houstonia, especially the low-growing H. caerulea of eastern North America, having blue or white flowers with yellow centers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

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  • noun Plural form of bluet.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from bleu, blue; see blue.]

Examples

  • 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.

    The Fifth Wheel A Novel

  • 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_).

    All About Coffee

  • 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.

    Memoir of Fr. Vincent De Paul; religious of La Trappe

  • I am a great fan of bluets from north of the border, as well.

    The blues

  • I am a great fan of bluets from north of the border, as well.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • And the trillium and bluets he had picked first, two weeks ago on the first day of the new hobby.

    Pros and Cons of Wildflower Collection

  • And the trillium and bluets he had picked first, two weeks ago on the first day of the new hobby.

    Pros and Cons of Wildflower Collection

  • Blueberries are myrtilles in France today but bluets in Quebec, as they were in the writings of Champlain.

    Champlain's Dream

  • That usage was standard during the early seventeenth century, but is now archaic in Paris, where bluets have become French cornflowers.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Blueberries are myrtilles in France today but bluets in Quebec, as they were in the writings of Champlain.

    Champlain's Dream

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