One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the genus Gypsophila in the pink family, especially (in gardening) baby's breath.
- ‘She carried a bouquet of ivory roses and gypsophila.’
- ‘Gypsy deep rose is an annual gypsophila (baby's breath) with dainty double and semi-double blooms on a nicely mounded plant that grows about 10 inches high.’
- ‘Planting early flowers will bring bees to your garden to pollinate the first vegetables - try direct seeding poppies, nigella, larkspur, cosmos and gypsophila.’
- ‘She carried a large teardrop bouquet of cream roses, lilac freesias, fern, silvered bear grass, variegated ivy, gypsophila and eucalyptus.’
- ‘Some of the best and most widely adapted annual cut flowers with the longest vase life include alstroemeria, aster, celosia, cosmos, gypsophila, lavatera, rudbeckia, scabiosa, snapdragon, statice, sunflower, yarrow, and zinnia.’
Modern Latin, from Greek gupsos ‘chalk, gypsum’ + philos ‘loving’.
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