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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pansy
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At Easter, decorate with chocolate eggs, crystallized flower petals, or fresh primroses and pansies.
▪ But the winter container's secret weapon, planted in layers under showy pansies or polyanthus, is the spring-flowering bulb.
▪ Left: Universal winter-flowering pansies are indispensable for adding colour splashes during the bleakest months of winter.
▪ There was a healthy pink petunia, a shy violet pansy and the promise of a fuchsia.
▪ They asked her what the foreman said when she painted five chairs all over with roses and painted the sixth with pansies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
pansy

Heart's-ease \Heart's"-ease`\ (h[aum]rts"[=e]z`), n.

  1. Ease of heart; peace or tranquillity of mind or feeling.
    --Shak.

  2. (Bot.) A species of violet ( Viola tricolor), a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived; -- called also pansy.

    Syn: wild pansy, Johnny-jump-up, heartsease, love-in-idleness, pink of my John, Viola tricolor.

  3. (Bot.) A violet of the Pacific coast of North America ( Viola ocellata) having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet. [WordNet sense 2]

    Syn: two-eyed violet, heartsease, Viola ocellata.

  4. (Bot.) A common Old World viola ( Viola arvensis) with creamy often violet-tinged flowers. [WordNet sense 3]

    Syn: field pansy, heartsease, Viola arvensis.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pansy

mid-15c., from Middle French pensée "a pansy," literally "thought, remembrance," from fem. past participle of penser "to think," from Latin pensare "consider," frequentative of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant). So called because it was regarded as a symbol of thought or remembrance. Meaning "effeminate homosexual man" is first recorded 1929.

Wiktionary
pansy

a. 1 wimpy; spineless; feeble. 2 Of a deep purple colour, like that of the pansy. n. 1 A cultivated flowering plant, derived by hybridization within species ''Viola tricolor''. 2 A deep purple colour, like that of the pansy. 3 (context derogatory colloquial dated English) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate. 4 (context derogatory colloquial English) A timid, weak man or boy; a wuss.

WordNet
pansy
  1. n. large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors [syn: Viola tricolor hortensis]

  2. a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive [syn: sissy, pantywaist, milksop, Milquetoast]

  3. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf]

Wikipedia
Pansy

The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. It is derived by hybridization from several species in the sectionMelanium ("the pansies") of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as heartsease. Some of these hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana Gams ex Nauenb. & Buttler. For simplicity, the older name Viola tricolor var. hortensis is often used.

The garden pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter and has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight beard emanating from the flower's center. These petals are usually white or yellow, purplish, or blue. The plant may grow to nine inches in height, and prefers sun to varying degrees and well-draining soils.

Pansy (disambiguation)

The pansy is a member of a large group of hybrid plants of the Viola genus, that are cultivated as garden flowers.

The name may also refer to:

Pansy (Fabergé egg)

The 1899 Pansy Egg or Spinach Jade Egg was crafted by Peter Carl Fabergé in his set of 50 Fabergé eggs. The egg was given by Tsar Nicholas II to Empress Maria Feodoronova as a gift. The egg has a mechanism which when pressed will allow the heart inside to open up as a pendant containing pictures of family members.

The egg is currently owned privately by Matilda Gray Stream in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Usage examples of "pansy".

Jezebel was mighty proud of her inheritance from her pappy and in a pathetic fit of beautification planted a few geranimus and pansies in the hard packed ground fronting the splintery porch of the dwelling.

Whenever he rooted himself in a meadow of buttercups and poppies, or amidst purple monkshood and the peering, sightless faces of field pansies, or within sight of sweet pink clover and tufted violet vetch and sunny ragwort, it appeared at first that here was simply a gratuitous explosion of loveliness, to daze the bees and butterflies.

Danith opened it to stare down on a little bunch of pansies charmingly set in a silver holder.

Then she began going slowly from flower to flower, laying her face against the cool, velvety purple of the pansies, touching the roses with her lips, and tilting the white lily-cups to look into their golden depths.

In midstream on a bit of an island was a little garden of pansies, purple, yellow, and violet with huge drooping petals.

With fresh anguish she visualized her father on his haunches before the petunias, the pansies he loved so much.

Two crocheted antimacassars, a pansy penwiper, and half a dozen rock cakes.

Those little pansies who did leg extensions with fifty pounds and thought they were working out made Platt want to laugh.

Hahnemann found that the Pansy violet, when taken by provers, served to induce cutaneous eruptions, or to aggravate them, and he reasoned out the curative action of the plant in small diluted doses for the cure of these symptoms, when occurring as disease.

They suited the days gone by, When I pulled the poppies and pansies, When I hunted the butterfly, With one who has long been sleeping, A stranger to doubts and cares, And to sowing that ends in reaping Thistles, and thorns, and tares.

Pansy Stalder was forty-eight years old, had long stringy red hair, was fifty pounds overweight causing her to waddle when she walked and wore dresses that were too short and too tight.

After a perturbed Pansy Stalder left the office, Lucille pushed the button on the intercom.

Angelique raised a teary gaze to Brett, like twin pansies with crystal drops clinging to spiky lashes.

Layna was underplanting more white tulips with sunny-faced yellow pansies.

Sarah had always had a particular feeling for rock plants, the minute daffodils and pansies, the miniature juniper trees under which only a Lilliputian Elisha could have concealed himself, the aubretia, the tiny toad-flax, and all those plants that make such a brave show in miniature.