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centaurea moschata Explained

Centaurea moschata at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Sweet \Sweet\, a. [Compar. {Sweeter}; superl. {Sweetest}.] [OE.
swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te,
OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s["u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr,
s[oe]tr, Sw. s["o]t, Dan. s["o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for
suadvis, Gr. ?, Skr. sv[=a]du sweet, svad, sv[=a]d, to
sweeten. [root]175. Cf. {Assuage}, {Suave}, {Suasion}.]
1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar;
saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet
beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.

2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a
sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.

The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
--Longfellow.

3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the
sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet
voice; a sweet singer.

To make his English sweet upon his tongue.
--Chaucer.

A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful. --Hawthorne.

4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair;
as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.

Sweet interchange Of hill and valley, rivers, woods,
and plains. --Milton.

5. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water. --Bacon.

6. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically:
(a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread.
(b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as,
sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.

7. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable;
winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners.

Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?
--Job xxxviii.
31.

Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one
established rule of Christian working. --M. Arnold.

Note: Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining
compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured,
sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.

{Sweet alyssum}. (Bot.) See {Alyssum}.

{Sweet apple}. (Bot.)
(a) Any apple of sweet flavor.
(b) See {Sweet-top}.

{Sweet bay}. (Bot.)
(a) The laurel ({laurus nobilis}).
(b) Swamp sassafras.

{Sweet calabash} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Passiflora}
({P. maliformis}) growing in the West Indies, and
producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple.


{Sweet cicely}. (Bot.)
(a) Either of the North American plants of the
umbelliferous genus {Osmorrhiza} having aromatic roots
and seeds, and white flowers. --Gray.
(b) A plant of the genus {Myrrhis} ({M. odorata}) growing
in England.

{Sweet calamus}, or {Sweet cane}. (Bot.) Same as {Sweet
flag}, below.

{Sweet Cistus} (Bot.), an evergreen shrub ({Cistus Ladanum})
from which the gum ladanum is obtained.

{Sweet clover}. (Bot.) See {Melilot}.

{Sweet coltsfoot} (Bot.), a kind of butterbur ({Petasites
sagittata}) found in Western North America.

{Sweet corn} (Bot.), a variety of the maize of a sweet taste.
See the Note under {Corn}.

{Sweet fern} (Bot.), a small North American shrub
({Comptonia, or Myrica, asplenifolia}) having
sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves.


{Sweet flag} (Bot.), an endogenous plant ({Acorus Calamus})
having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent
aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and
America. See {Calamus}, 2.

{Sweet gale} (Bot.), a shrub ({Myrica Gale}) having bitter
fragrant leaves; -- also called {sweet willow}, and {Dutch
myrtle}. See 5th {Gale}.

{Sweet grass} (Bot.), holy, or Seneca, grass.

{Sweet gum} (Bot.), an American tree ({Liquidambar
styraciflua}). See {Liquidambar}.

{Sweet herbs}, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary
purposes.

{Sweet John} (Bot.), a variety of the sweet William.

{Sweet leaf} (Bot.), horse sugar. See under {Horse}.

{Sweet marjoram}. (Bot.) See {Marjoram}.

{Sweet marten} (Zo["o]l.), the pine marten.

{Sweet maudlin} (Bot.), a composite plant ({Achillea
Ageratum}) allied to milfoil.

{Sweet oil}, olive oil.

{Sweet pea}. (Bot.) See under {Pea}.

{Sweet potato}. (Bot.) See under {Potato}.

{Sweet rush} (Bot.), sweet flag.

{Sweet spirits of niter} (Med. Chem.) See {Spirit of nitrous
ether}, under {Spirit}.

{Sweet sultan} (Bot.), an annual composite plant ({Centaurea
moschata}), also, the yellow-flowered ({C. odorata}); --
called also {sultan flower}.

{Sweet tooth}, an especial fondness for sweet things or for
sweetmeats. [Colloq.]

{Sweet William}.
(a) (Bot.) A species of pink ({Dianthus barbatus}) of many
varieties.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) The willow warbler.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) The European goldfinch; -- called also
{sweet Billy}. [Prov. Eng.]

{Sweet willow} (Bot.), sweet gale.

{Sweet wine}. See {Dry wine}, under {Dry}.

{To be sweet on}, to have a particular fondness for, or
special interest in, as a young man for a young woman.
[Colloq.] --Thackeray.

Syn: Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.

Centaurea moschata at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Centaurea moschata
n : Asian plant widely grown for its sweetly fragrant pink
flowers; sometimes placed in genus Centaurea [syn: {sweet
sultan}, {Amberboa moschata}]