Pink needle
Pink Pink, n. [Perh. akin to pick; as if the edges of the petals were picked out. Cf. {Pink}, v. t.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus {Dianthus}, and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx. [1913 Webster]

2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red with more or less white; -- so called from the common color of the flower. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection of something. ``The very pink of courtesy.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The European minnow; -- so called from the color of its abdomen in summer. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Bunch pink} is {Dianthus barbatus}.

{China pink}, or {Indian pink}. See under {China}.

{Clove pink} is {Dianthus Caryophyllus}, the stock from which carnations are derived.

{Garden pink}. See {Pheasant's eye}.

{Meadow pink} is applied to {Dianthus deltoides}; also, to the ragged robin.

{Maiden pink}, {Dianthus deltoides}.

{Moss pink}. See under {Moss}.

{Pink needle}, the pin grass; -- so called from the long, tapering points of the carpels. See {Alfilaria}.

{Sea pink}. See {Thrift}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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