from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to various things of a presumably coquettish or attractive nature: a small becoming bonnet fashionable about the middle of the nineteenth century; a lady's cap with ribbons that tied under the chin on one side with ‘kissing-strings’; a short lock of hair curled in front of each ear, etc. The name is also given to the wild pansy. See kiss-me.


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