forget-me-not

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n forget-me-not small perennial herb having bright blue or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forget-me-not (Bot) A small perennial herb, of the genus Myosotis Myosotis scorpiodes Myosotis palustris Myosotis incespitosa, etc.), bearing a beautiful bright blue or white flowers, and extensively considered the emblem of fidelity.☞ Formerly the name was given to the Ajuga Chamæpitus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forget-me-not The ground-pine, Ajuga Chamœpitys: the earliest use of the word, in the old English herbalists.
    • n forget-me-not Myosotis palustris, a boraginaceous plant of Europe, growing in damp or wet places, and naturalized in some parts of the United States. It has circinate racemes of sky-blue flowers with a yellow center. (See cut under circinate.) As the emblem of friendship, it hears a name corresponding in sense to the English name in nearly every language in Europe; but it was not so called in England and France till the early part of the nineteenth century. Some other similar species of Myosotis are frequently cultivated under this name, especially M. dissitiflora and the dwarf M. alpestris.
    • n forget-me-not In Scotland and some parts of England, Veronica Chamœdrys. See Veronica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Forget-me-not a small herb (Myosotis palustris) with beautiful blue flowers, regarded as the emblem of friendship: a keepsake (a word adapted by Coleridge from the German Vergissmeinnicht)
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Quotations

  • Jessie Hill
    Jessie Hill
    “I'm not a self-made man. I cannot forget those who have sacrificed for me to get where I am today.”
  • Denis Diderot
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    “Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.”
  • William Arthur
    William Arthur
    “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.”
  • Sir Jacob Astley
    Sir Jacob Astley
    “O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Silently, one by one,in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. vergissmeinnicht,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forgietan—pfx. for-, away, gitan, to get.

Usage

In literature:

Why wilt thou not forgive me, why wilt thou not forget?
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Mea could not hold her magnificent bunch of forget-me-nots near enough to their eyes to be admired.
"Maezli" by Johanna Spyri
Do not forget me; you see that I do not forget you.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
Dr. Johnson took leave of him very affectionately, saying, 'Dear Sir, do not forget me!
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
Charite did not forget me in the scenes of rejoicing.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
Whatever happens to me, I'll not forget Carrowkeel nor you either.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Your kindness to me has been so great, that I am not a man apt to forget it.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
It was a Dresden shepherdess gown, made of a soft flowered stuff, with roses and forget-me-nots on a creamy ground.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
They may pretend to laugh and to forget and to outgrow it, but it is not so with me.
"Van Bibber and Others" by Richard Harding Davis
Dotted about in the midst of the stream are little islands of forget-me-nots.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
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In poetry:

Heartsease in her garden plot,
Ladders-to-Heaven scale the skies;
While the dear forget-me-not
Brightens her eyes.
"The Gardener" by Katharine Tynan
Forget it? Yes, while thou art by
I think of nought but thee,
'Tis only when thou art not nigh
Remembrance tortures me.
"Call Me Away" by Anne Bronte
But, last and dearest, ’mid the buds
Of that bright varied lot
Must ever be, my gentle child,
The sweet forget-me-not!
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Not while I live may I forget
That garden of dim dreams, where I
And Beauty born of Music met,
Whose spirit passed me by.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
Clear was the night: the moon was young
The larkspurs in the plots
Mingled their orange with the gold
Of the forget-me-nots.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Clear was the night: the moon was young:
The larkspurs in the plots
Mingled their orange with the gold
Of the forget-me-nots.
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Laughter, art, and beach ball catch some of the highlights of new island group called the Forget-Me-Nots.
Tonight join 708 Events along with 107 Jamz for Cash Out Live in Concert for a party that you will not forget and believe me the club will be packed.
Forget Me Not Garden Club members make tree ornaments.
Nebraska City mayors have annually declared Disabled American Veterans Forget-Me-Not Day and urged all citizens to support the DAV.
Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematorium was started by four pet lovers as a way to offer pet owners a wide array of options to quickly bring closure after a pet's death.
Owners who didn't have their pets cremated at Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematorium are also welcome to buy an urn.
Forget-me-not s are excellent for borders and mixed beds.
Senior Follies presents ' Forget-me-not ' March 15-18.
We have a forget-me-not file.
The Forget Me Not Walk To Remember will take place at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville.
We were talking at a going-away party for Steve Sell at the McPherson Opera House, getting to know one another, when he looked at me and said something I'm not likely to ever forget.
Super One Store supports the Alzheimer's Association by selling paper forget-me-not flowers for a suggested donation of $1.
Each balloon was filled with forget-me-not seeds.
Senior Follies presents "Forget-me-not" March 15-18.
Dior Vernis in Forget Me Not, $23.
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In science:

A distinguished nuclear physicist asked me not too long ago what I thought of a proposal to do an experiment on the scattering of a nucleus (I forget which nucleus) with spin–2, which aimed at finding out experimentally which relativistic wave equation that nucleus satisfied.
Book Review: The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I and II by S. Weinberg
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