pan·sy / ˈpanzē/ • n. 1. a popular cultivated viola with flowers in rich colors, esp, the familiar Viola cornuta. 2. inf., offens. an effeminate or homosexual man.
pansy Common name for a cultivated hybrid violet. An annual or short-lived perennial, it has velvety flowers, usually in combinations of blue, yellow and white, with five petals. Height: to about 15–30cm (6–12in). Family Violaceae; species Viola tricolor.
pansy XV (pensee, later pensy, paunsie). — (O)F. pensée thought, fancifully applied to the plant, f. penser think — L. pēnsāre weigh, ponder, consider, in Rom. think.
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