Definition of pansy in English:

pansy

noun

  • 1A cultivated variety of viola with brightly coloured flowers.

    • ‘Superb instant effects can be achieved by using semi-advanced seedlings of annual flowers such as lobelia, marigolds, pansies and primulas, which are all low-growing and suitable for containers.’
    • ‘Try bulbs, wallflowers and pansies in spring, summer bedding for the hotter months, autumn and winter interest from chrysanthemums and foliage plants.’
    • ‘I plant pansies and violas, too, for color now and again in spring.’
    • ‘Seed catalogues can usually be relied upon to indicate which pansies and violas are good for most if not all the winters we are likely to experience.’
    • ‘Houseproud John and Maggie Briggs filled the wrought-iron hayracks with trailing geraniums, busy Lizzies, wild cornflowers, lobelia and pansies.’
  • 2informal, offensive An effeminate or homosexual man.

  • 3South African A sand dollar with a flower-like purple marking on the shell.

    • ‘GnRH immunoreactivity has also been identified in two anthozoan species: the sea pansy, Renilla koellikeri, and the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.’
    • ‘In the sea pansy, Renilla koellikeri, serotonin can stimulate rhythmic muscular contraction and spawning, and melatonin can inhibit these contractions.’
    • ‘The unusual ‘sea pansy,’ Renilla, has a primary polyp that is broad and flattened, with autozooids and siphonozooids on the upper surface.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French pensée thought, pansy, from penser think, from Latin pensare, frequentative of pendere weigh, consider.

Pronunciation:

pansy

/ˈpanzi/