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- noun A yellow or white wildflower, especially a daisy.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The dandelion.
- noun In Scotland, one of several different yellow flowers, as the dandelion, the common marigold, the hawkweed, the globe-flower, etc., but generally the daisy, Bellis perennis. Also
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- noun Scot. The daisy, or mountain daisy.
- noun (Min.) Decomposed granite.
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- noun Northumbrian The common
- noun mineralogy Decomposed
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The marigold, or meadow gowan, is one of the "plants of the sun," the "golden flower."
Our English Daisy is a composite flower which is called in the glossaries "gowan," or Yellow flower.
BONNIE PEGGIE, O! Gang wi 'me to yonder howe, bonnie Peggie, O! Down ayont the gowan knowe, bonnie Peggie, O! When the siller burn rins clear,
The lamb likes the gowan wi 'dew when it 's drowkit;
Bend to earth the gowan fair, down by yon burn side.
Where the blue-bell and gowan lurk, lowly, unseen;
In my fear I sat up amang my cairpets, like a puddock among gowan-leaves, and I listened wi 'a' my ears.
I remember his quoting with dramatic effect the curse uttered by Meg Merrilees upon Ellan-gowan -- a curse which he intended, of course, to apply to Mr. Gladstone.
The opening gowan transplanted from its Scottish glen loses its modest charm and grows rank upon the prairies of the West even in its second year.
Do you know that this little daisy is the _gowan_ of Scotch poetry?