baby's breath

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baby's breath (countable and uncountable, plural baby's breaths)

  1. A genus, Gypsophila, of about 100 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Europe, Asia and north Africa.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 304:
      A tumult erupts when the Major, in full dress uniform and pressing a corsage of orchids and baby's breath to his bosom, steps out on to the verandah []