bachelor's button

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bachelor's button tropical American herb having rose to red or purple flowers that can be dried without losing color
    • n bachelor's button an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bachelor's button (Bot) A plant with flowers shaped like buttons; especially, several species of Ranunculus, and the cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) and globe amaranth (Gomphrena).Bachelor's buttons, a name given to several flowers “from their similitude to the jagged cloathe buttons, anciently worne in this kingdom,” according to Johnson's Gerarde, p. 472 (1633; but by other writers ascribed to “a habit of country fellows to carry them in their pockets to divine their success with their sweethearts.” Dr. Prior.
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Usage

In literature:

This round one is full of larkspur and bachelor's buttons.
"Lavender and Old Lace" by Myrtle Reed
All possess bachelor's button discovered by Rualdus Columbus.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The hollyhocks, bachelor's buttons and marigolds she had known all her life.
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" by John Fox, Jr.
Cornflowers or bachelor's buttons are lovely too.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
If he talked of jessamine and Daphne odora, I talked of phlox and bachelor's-buttons.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
An' as f'r buttons on his shirt, whin th' buttons comes off a bachelor's shirt he fires it out iv th' window.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Only Billy's bachelor's-buttons stood up stiff and sturdy, slightly flushed with imbibing the night dew.
"The Melting of Molly" by Maria Thompson Daviess
There were pinks and marigolds and princes' feathers, with bachelor's buttons and Johnny-jump-ups to keep them company.
"Mother Stories" by Maud Lindsay
The sky is blue, but to my eyes it is shrunk to the size of a bachelor's-button!
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
Bachelor's buttons, yellow, 231.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
And bachelor's buttons all round the garden.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The Bachelor's Button that wanted to be a sunflower: the scow that wanted to be a schooner.
"Vesty of the Basins" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Farther inland, for miles, bachelor's buttons paint the earth raw gold.
"The Black Opal" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
A wide, ragged border of bachelor's buttons added vastly to the dainty effect.
"Marjorie Dean College Freshman" by Pauline Lester
Bachelor's Buttons, 52, 176, 265, 291.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
Young ladies at summer resorts should cultivate Bachelor's Buttons; with care they may be grafted into Bridal Roses.
"The Foolish Almanak" by Anonymous
Centaurea (Bachelor's Button) should especially have an entire bed to itself.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
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In poetry:

In our wee garden the rose unfolds,
With bachelor's-buttons and marigolds;
I'll tie no posies for dance or fair,
A willow-twig is for me to wear.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
Again my flower treasures I see in their prime:
Nancy-pretty, sweet Willy, white lilies and thyme,
Appleringy and spearmint—the old folk's delight—
With bachelor's buttons both yellow and white.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Come spring, those fall-planted seeds will germinate into rows and rows of colorful poppies, larkspur, dill, calendula, nigella, sweet peas, bachelor button and a Queen Anne’s Lace lookalike called Green Mist.
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