One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1United States regional. Any of several plants bearing pink flowers, especially (a) the swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum; (b) (Texas) the prairie rose gentian, Sabatia campestris (family Gentianaceae).
2The maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides. rare.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From meadow + pink.
meadow pink/ˈmɛdəʊ pɪŋk/
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