Found 2 items, similar to Nigella Damascena.
English → English
Definition: Nigella damascena
n : European garden plant having finely cut leaves and white or
pale blue flowers [syn: love-in-a-mist
English → English
Definition: Nigella Damascena
(l[u^]v), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin
to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh
to be lustful. See Lief
1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which
delights or commands admiration; pre["e]minent kindness or
devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we prove
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own. --Keble.
2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
affection for, one of the opposite sex.
He on his side
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored. --Milton.
3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Demetrius . . .
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul. --Shak.
4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate
with of and an object.
Love, and health to all. --Shak.
Smit with the love of sacred song. --Milton.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God. --Jude 21.
6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest
love was reading. “Trust me, love.”
Open the temple gates unto my love. --Spenser.
7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they show
Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow. --Dryden.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] --Boyle.
9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis
10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in
counting score at tennis, etc.
He won the match by three sets to love. --The
11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in
most of which the meaning is very obvious; as,
love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked,
A labor of love
, a labor undertaken on account of regard
for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself,
without expectation of reward.
, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one
of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See
, one who avows or practices free love.
, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of
the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love.
(Bot.), the tomato.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small,
short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus
, and allied genera. They are mostly from
Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are
celebrated for the affection which they show for their
, a person who for pay acts as agent between
lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. --Shak.
, a charm for exciting love. --Ld. Lytton.
. an illegitimate child. --Jane Austen.
, a day formerly appointed for an amicable
adjustment of differences. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
, a love potion; a philter. --Chaucer.
, something given to be worn in token of love.
, a religious festival, held quarterly by some
religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists,
in imitation of the agap[ae] of the early Christians.
, the gallant act of a lover. --Shak.
, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished
person or party does not score a point.
. [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus
(a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena
having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut
(b) The West Indian Passiflora f[oe]tida
, which has
(Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
A little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;
And maidens call it love-in-idleness. --Shak.
, juice of a plant supposed to produce love.
, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from
being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual
, a sweetheart.
, a letter of courtship. --Shak.
(Bot.), a species of amaranth
, a marriage brought about by love alone.
, a compounded draught intended to excite love,
or venereal desire.
, sexual intercourse. --Pope
, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the
, courtship. --Shak.
Of all loves
, for the sake of all love; by all means.
[Obs.] “Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back
The god of love
, or The Love god
To make love
, to engage in sexual intercourse; -- a
To make love to
, to express affection for; to woo. “If you
will marry, make your loves to me.”
To play for love
, to play a game, as at cards, without
stakes. “A game at piquet for love.”
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;
(r[a^]g"g[e^]d), a. [From Rag
1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken;
as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail.
2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough;
jagged; as, ragged rocks.
3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. [R.]
“A ragged noise of mirth.”
4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.
5. Rough; shaggy; rugged.
What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? --Dryden.
(Bot.), the fennel flower (Nigella Damascena
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Lychnis
), cultivated for its handsome
flowers, which have the petals cut into narrow lobes.
(Bot.), prince's feather (Polygonum orientale
, a free school for poor children, where they
are taught and in part fed; -- a name given at first
because they came in their common clothing. [Eng.]
[1913 Webster] -- Rag"ged*ly
, adv. -- Rag"ged*ness
, n. (Bot.)
Wood betony (Stachys betonica
); also, the plant called
fennel flower (Nigella Damascena
), or devil-in-a-bush.
(f[e^]n"n[e^]l), n. [AS. fenol, finol, from L.
feniculum, faeniculum, dim. of fenum, faenum, hay: cf. F.
fenouil. Cf. Fenugreek
A perennial plant of the genus F[ae]niculum
), having very finely divided leaves. It is
cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of
Smell of sweetest fennel. --Milton.
A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling
bottle of the tender sex. --S. G.
, or Sweet fennel
, (F[ae]niculum dulce
It is a smaller and stouter plant than the common fennel,
and is used as a pot herb.
), a foul-smelling European
weed; -- called also mayweed
(Bot.), an herb (Nigella
) of the Buttercup
family, having leaves finely divided, like those of the
fennel. Nigella Damascena
is common in gardens. Nigella sativa
furnishes the fennel seed, used as a condiment,
etc., in India. These seeds are the “fitches”
in Isaiah (xxviii. 25).
(Med.), the distilled water of fennel seed. It
is stimulant and carminative.
), has stems full of pith,
which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by
, a European plant (Peucedanum officinale
looking something like fennel.