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

  • n. Peace of mind.
  • n. A hybrid plant derived from crossing certain species of the genus Viola and having small, spurred, variously colored flowers.

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  • n. A common European wild flower, Viola tricolor; the wild pansy.


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  • I have, also, reason to believe that humble-bees are indispensableto the fertilisation of the heartsease (Violatricolor), for other beesfo not visit this flower.

    The Spectator's take on Darwin, 1882

  • I've also put in a small strawberry patch and some heartsease.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Straying further, my eye was attracted by the sight of some heartsease that peeped through the rocks.

    Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

  • The flowers were familiar, blooms I had known in England: golden and purple heartsease, little blue forget-me-nots.


  • The heady floral scent of rose and heartsease, plus the spice of yemonja root.

    Night World No. 1

  • Oh, is there any heartsease left, or any rosemary?

    The Verse-Book of a Homely Woman

  • Hadria carried still the drooping yellow heartsease that the little girl had given her.

    The Daughters of Danaus

  • Little Martha ran up and offered her a wild heartsease which she had found on one of the graves.

    The Daughters of Danaus

  • One sees in imagination the solemn, round-shouldered hills standing out grim in the thin spring sunshine, their black sides slashed and lined with snow; later, one pictures these hills decked with heartsease and blue-bells a-swing in the summer breeze, or rich with the purple bloom of heather; and, again, one imagines them clothed in November mists, or white and ghost-like, shrouded in swirling clouds of snow.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • At Oakley Hall we did a great deal -- eat some sandwiches all over mustard, admired Mr. Bramston's porter, and Mr.. Bramston's transparencies, and gained a promise from the latter of two roots of heartsease, one all yellow and the other all purple, for you.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters A Family Record


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  • "What infinite heartsease must kings neglect that private men enjoy?" --William Shakespeare, Henry V (unless it's Henry VI...)

    February 5, 2007