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 Gillies’ Hill.Gilpin (John), 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gillyflower (g soft)
is not the July-flower, but the French giroflée, from girofle (a clove), called by Chaucer “gilofre.” The common stock, the wall-flower, the rocket, the clove pink, and several other plants are so called. (Greek karuophullon; Latin, caryophyllum, the clove gillyflower.)   1
“The fairest flowers o’ the season
Are our carnations and streaked gillyflowers.”
Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 2.

 Gillies’ Hill.Gilpin (John), 


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