Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flower that appears in May.

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Examples

  • Country people often call it the may-flower, as being one of the flowers once used for may-garlands.

    Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children

  • The may-flower breathes the same fragrance now that it breathed in the fingers of Rose Standish; and man and woman, producing after their kind, are the same to-day that they were three thousand years ago.

    Lessons in Life A Series of Familiar Essays

  • It is sometimes called the may-flower ground, but this is somewhat misleading as that design occurs in other laces.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • In the earlier Mechlin, although pillow-made, the introduction of the "brides with picots," and also the may-flower patterns of Brussels, helped to make it more decorative.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • It was so golden-sweet here amongst the million tiny saffron cups frosted with lingering dewshine; there was such flying glory in the limes and ash-trees; so delicate a scent from the late whins and may-flower; and, on every tree a greybird calling to be sorry was not possible!

    The Patrician

  • They went side by side, hand in hand, silently toward the hedge, where the may-flower, both pink and white, was in full bloom.

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume III. Awakening To Let

  • They went side by side, hand in hand, silently toward the hedge, where the may-flower, both pink and white, was in full bloom.

    The Forsyte Saga - Complete

  • It was so golden-sweet here amongst the million tiny saffron cups frosted with lingering dewshine; there was such flying glory in the limes and ash-trees; so delicate a scent from the late whins and may-flower; and, on every tree a greybird calling to be sorry was not possible!

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • They went side by side, hand in hand, silently toward the hedge, where the may-flower, both pink and white, was in full bloom.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

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