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 Gillies’ Hill.Gilpin (John), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gillyflower (g soft)
 
is not the July-flower, but the French giroflée, from girofle (a clove), called by Chaucer “gilofre.” The common stock, the wall-flower, the rocket, the clove pink, and several other plants are so called. (Greek karuophullon; Latin, caryophyllum, the clove gillyflower.)   1
       
“The fairest flowers o’ the season
       
Are our carnations and streaked gillyflowers.”
       
Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 2.
 


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