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common name for some members of the Violaceae, a family of chiefly perennial herbs (and sometimes shrubs, small trees, or climbers) found on all continents. Violets, including the genus Viola
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Two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight “beard” emanating from the flower's center. The center of the flower is often darker or differently colored. The petals are somewhat bland, but if you eat the whole flower you get more taste. Use as garnish on salads, soup or deserts.
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1. any violaceous garden plant that is a variety of Viola tricolor, having flowers with rounded velvety petals, white, yellow, or purple in colour
a. a strong violet colour
b. (as adjective): a pansy carpet
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