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 for Dogtooth violet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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).
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     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.
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     2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum
        farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the
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     3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue
        in equal proportions; a bluish purple color. --Mollett.
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     4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small
        violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lycaena, or
        Rusticus, and allied genera.
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     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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dogtooth \Dog"tooth`\, n.; pl. Dogteeth.
     1. See Canine tooth, under Canine.
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     2. (Arch.) An ornament common in Gothic architecture,
        consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; --
        also called tooth ornament.
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     Dogtooth spar (Min.), a variety of calcite, in acute
        crystals, resembling the tooth of a dog. See Calcite.
     Dogtooth violet (Bot.), a small, bulbous herb of the Lily
        family (genus Erythronium). It has two shining flat
        leaves and commonly one large flower. [Written also
        dog's-tooth violet.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dogtooth violet
      n 1: perennial woodland spring-flowering plant; widely
           cultivated [syn: dogtooth violet, dogtooth,
           dog's-tooth violet]

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