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bachelor's button,popular name for several plants usually characterized by rounded clusters of flowers, such as the cornflowercornflower,
common herb (Centaurea cyanus) of the family Asteraceae (aster family). It is a garden flower in the United States but a weed in the grainfields of Europe.
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[Gr.,=unfading], common name for the Amaranthaceae (also commonly known as the pigweed family), a family of herbs, trees, and vines of warm regions, especially in the Americas and Africa.
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celibacy symbol. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 171]
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