posy

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Posy Ring (FindID 51013).jpg

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Shortening of poesy.

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posy (plural posies)

  1. A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay. [from 1570s]
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
  2. A verse of poetry, especially a motto or an inscription on a ring. [from early 15th c.]

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