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daisy [O.E.,=day's eye], name for several common wildflowers of the family Asteraceae (aster family). The daisy of literature, the true daisy, is Bellis perennis, called in the United States English daisy. This is a low European plant, cultivated in the United States mostly in the double form, with heads of white, pink, or red flowers. The English daisy, which closes at night, has long been considered the flower of children and of innocence. A purple species native to the lower Mississippi basin is called Western daisy (Astranthum or Bellis integrifolium). The common, often weedy, daisy of the United States (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), called also white, or oxeye, daisy, is native to Europe but naturalized in America. The white daisy is one of the plants named marguerite, but the usual marguerite in cultivation is C. frutescens, a bushy perennial with white or lemon-yellow flowers, native to the Canary Islands and called also Paris daisy. Among other plants called daisy, yellow daisy is a synonym for the black-eyed Susan; Michaelmas daisy, for an aster. The seaside daisy and daisy fleabane are species of the fleabane genus. Daisies are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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What does it mean when you dream about a daisy?

Daisies can represent beauty, purity, and innocence. Their color also links them to the sun, and thus to enlightenment and illumination.

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a flower traditionally displayed in homes during Easter season. [Christian Tradition: Jobes, 487]
See: Easter


symbol of blamelessness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173; Kunz, 328]


provides protection against fairies. [Flower Symbolism: Briggs, 87]
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1. a small low-growing European plant, Bellis perennis, having a rosette of leaves and flower heads of yellow central disc flowers and pinkish-white outer ray flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. a Eurasian composite plant, Leucanthemum vulgare having flower heads with a yellow centre and white outer rays
3. any of various other composite plants having conspicuous ray flowers, such as the Michaelmas daisy and Shasta daisy
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A functional language.

["Daisy Programming Manual", S.D. Johnson, CS Dept TR, Indiana U, 1988].
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References in classic literature ?
Daisy stood there smiling; she threw back her head and gave a little, light laugh.
"I was bound I would make you say something," Daisy went on.
"It's quite lovely, the way you say that!" cried Daisy.
"Yes, it would be lovely!" said Daisy. But she made no movement to accompany him; she only stood there laughing.
"Oh, Eugenio," said Daisy, "I am going out in a boat!"
"I suppose you don't think it's proper!" Daisy exclaimed.
"Oh, no; with this gentleman!" answered Daisy's mamma.
"Oh, I hoped you would make a fuss!" said Daisy. "I don't care to go now."
Daisy turned away from Winterbourne, looking at him, smiling and fanning herself.
Daisy Miller was extremely animated, she was in charming spirits; but she was apparently not at all excited; she was not fluttered; she avoided neither his eyes nor those of anyone else; she blushed neither when she looked at him nor when she felt that people were looking at her.
Daisy tripped about the vaulted chambers, rustled her skirts in the corkscrew staircases, flirted back with a pretty little cry and a shudder from the edge of the oubliettes, and turned a singularly well-shaped ear to everything that Winterbourne told her about the place.
But Daisy went on to say that she wished Winterbourne would travel with them and "go round" with them; they might know something, in that case.