WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Plant BiologyUsually, bluets. Also called innocence, Quaker-ladies. any of several North American plants of the genus Houstonia (or Hedyotis), of the madder family, esp. H. caerulea, a low-growing plant having four-petaled blue and white flowers.
- Plant Biologyany of various other plants having blue flowers.
- 1400–50; late Middle English blewet, blewed, variant of Middle English bloweth, blowed (see blue, blae); suffix perh. Old English -et, as in thicket