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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given by the herbalist Gerard to a double variety of the dame's-violet, Hesperis matronalis, otherwise known as close (that is, double) sciney. The latter term arose from an early specific name, Damascena, which was understood as dame's scena.

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  • It's a plant. The pieces of it's name have an interesting (to me) derivation.

    February 15, 2013