Po"sy (?), n.; pl. Posies (#). [Contr. fr. poesy.]

1.

A brief poetical sentiment; hence, any brief sentiment, motto, or legend; especially, one inscribed on a ring.

"The posy of a ring."

Shak.

2. [Probably so called from the use of flowers as having an enigmatical significance. Wedgwood.]

A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay.

"Bridegroom's posies."

Spenser.

We make a difference between suffering thistles to grow among us, and wearing them for posies. Swift.

 

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