Dogtooth violet
Violet Vi"o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy ({Viola tricolor}). [1913 Webster]

Note: The cultivated sweet violet is {Viola odorata} of Europe. The common blue violet of the eastern United States is {Viola cucullata}; the sand, or bird-foot, violet is {Viola pedata}. [1913 Webster]

2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum. [1913 Webster]

3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color. --Mollett. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to {Lyc[ae]na}, or {Rusticus}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster]

{Corn violet}. See under {Corn}.

{Dame's violet}. (Bot.) See {Damewort}.

{Dogtooth violet}. (Bot.) See under {Dogtooth}.

{Water violet} (Bot.), an aquatic European herb ({Hottonia palustris}) with pale purplish flowers and pinnatifid leaves. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dogtooth violet — Dogtooth Dog tooth , n.; pl. {Dogteeth}. 1. See {Canine tooth}, under {Canine}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament common in Gothic architecture, consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; also called {tooth ornament}. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogtooth violet — ☆ dogtooth violet n. any of a genus (Erythronium) of small plants of the lily family, esp. an American, early spring flower ( E. americanum) with two mottled leaves and a yellow flower, or a European plant ( E. denscanis) with a purple or rose… …   English World dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — noun perennial woodland spring flowering plant; widely cultivated • Syn: ↑dogtooth, ↑dog s tooth violet • Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑white dogtooth violet, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — 1. Also called adder s tongue, trout lily. any of several North American lilies of the genus Erythronium, having nodding flowers and usually mottled leaves. 2. a related Old World plant, E. dens canis, having purplish flowers. [1620 30] * * * Any …   Universalium

  • dogtooth violet — /ˌdɒgtuθ ˈvaɪələt/ (say .dogtoohth vuyuhluht) noun 1. a bulbous plant, Erythronium dens canis, of Europe, bearing purple flowers. 2. any of several American plants of the same genus. Also, dog s tooth violet, dogviolet …   Australian English dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — noun Date: 1629 any of a genus (Erythronium) of small spring flowering bulbous herbs of the lily family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — dog′tooth vi′olet n. pln any of several small lilies of the genus Erythronium, having two mottled leaves and a nodding yellow or purplish flower, esp E. americanum[/ex] Also called fawn lily trout lily Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • white dogtooth violet — noun North American dogtooth having solitary white flowers with yellow centers and blue or pink exteriors • Syn: ↑white dog s tooth violet, ↑blonde lilian, ↑Erythronium albidum • Hypernyms: ↑dogtooth violet, ↑dogtooth, ↑dog s tooth violet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Violet — Vi o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dogtooth — Dog tooth , n.; pl. {Dogteeth}. 1. See {Canine tooth}, under {Canine}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament common in Gothic architecture, consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; also called {tooth ornament}. [1913 Webster] {Dogtooth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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