love-in-a-mist love


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

  • n. A Mediterranean plant (Nigella damascena) having blue or whitish flowers surrounded by numerous threadlike bracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nigella damascena, an annual flowering plant of the genus Nigella, the blooms of which are generally blue in colour, though also found in shades of pink, white or pale purple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The West Indian Passiflora fœtida, which has similar bracts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fennel-flower, Nigella damascena. Also called devil-in-a-bush.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European garden plant having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowers
  • n. tropical American passion flower with finely dissected bracts; stems malodorous when crushed
  • n. chickweed with hairy silver-grey leaves and rather large white flowers


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  • And what better place to fall dazed than love-in-a-mist?

    The WritingYA Weblog: We Interrupt This Packing To Say: POETRY FRIDAY

  • At large in the unsustaining air, flew clear over the lawn across the breadth of the garden and fell, Icarian, dazed, among hollyhocks, snapdragons, love-in-a-mist, and stood up uninjured, ready to swing and fly over and over.

    The WritingYA Weblog: We Interrupt This Packing To Say: POETRY FRIDAY

  • The love-in-a-mist however is all over buds and I'm very excited every morning, hoping that one of them will have finally opened.

    July 15th, 2006

  • I have lots of nigella love-in-a-mist growing in my garden, and keep thinking I should harvest it, but the seed pods look so pretty as is, and besides it's so easy to just buy it from the indian store.

    Mistress of Spices, finally

  • Nigella The small, black, angular seed of Nigella sativa, a close Eurasian relative of the common ornamental plant love-in-a-mist, tastes like a milder, more complex version of thyme or oregano, with a hint of caraway.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • I have planted bulbs of a Mentone creeper, love-in-a-mist, heather, sweet peas and canna seeds.

    Three Years in Tristan da Cunha

  • It was a long walk up to the Schatz Alp; there were paths where the pine-trees met overhead, garlanded with wreaths of snow, and the spaces between the wreaths were as blue as love-in-a-mist, an old-fashioned flower that grows in English gardens.

    The Dark Tower

  • There are few blue flowers, and most of them are small and fragile, like love-in-a-mist and speedwell.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • Then an idea struck her, so glorious, that she put the uprooted love-in-a-mist in the weed-basket, instead of planting it again, and went quickly indoors, up to the attics, and from there popped -- really popped, so tight was the fit -- through a trap-door on to the roof.

    Miss Mapp

  • I was once talking to a lady who had just come over from China, and who wore a dress of soft figured silk of the most perfect love-in-a-mist colour-shade which I had ever seen, even in turning over the wonder-drawers at Liberty's.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century


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  • an Old World annual herb (Nigella damascena) of the buttercup family having usually blue or white flowers enveloped in numerous finely dissected bracts

    January 24, 2008