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Da'isy. n.s. [ꝺæᵹꞅaᵹ, day's eye. Chaucer.] A Spring-flower.

It hath a perennial root: the stalks are naked, and never branch out: the cup of the flower is scaly and simple, divided into many segments to the foot-stalk. The flowers are radiated; and the heads, after the petals are fallen off, resemble obtuse cones. Miller.

When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady smocks all over white,
And cuckow buds of yellow hue,
Do paint the meadows much bedight.
Shakespeare.

Then sing by turns, by turns the muses sing,
Now hawthorns blossom, now the daisies spring;
Now leaves the trees, and flow'rs adorn the ground:
Begin, the vales shall ev'ry note rebound.
Pope's Spring.

This will find thee picking of daisies, or smelling to a lock of hay. Addison's Spectator, № 131.

Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace;
The daisy, primrose, violet, darkly blaze.
Thomson's Spring.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Chaucer, Geoffrey (4) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Miller, Philip (58) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: Chaucer (2) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Daisy." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 21, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9894.


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