from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basket in which flowers are held.
  • n. A hexactinellid sponge, Euplectella aspergilium. Also called Venus's flower-basket.


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  • 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.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • 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.

    The Years

  • 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.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • She wears a sun-hat and carries a flower-basket, which are decorative as well as useful.

    Woman as Decoration

  • 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.

    Lord Dolphin

  • 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.

    Little Folks (October 1884) A Magazine for the Young

  • I stumbled in my excitement, and the flower-basket fell out of my hand.

    Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works

  • With these words, she and the flower-basket disappeared in a moment from their sight.

    The Flower Basket A Fairy Tale

  • 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.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • 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.

    Young People's Pride


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