Po"sy (?), n.; pl. Posies (#). [Contr. fr. poesy.]
A brief poetical sentiment; hence, any brief sentiment, motto, or legend; especially, one inscribed on a ring.
of a ring."
2. [Probably so called from the use of flowers as having an enigmatical significance. Wedgwood.]
A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay.
We make a difference between suffering thistles to grow among us, and wearing them for posies.
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