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BLAWORT, BLAWART, BLAW-WORT, BLAWIRT, BLAEWORT, -WART, BLUART, Blewart, n. [′blɑwərt, ′blewərt, blæwərt, ′bluərt]

1. The harebell, Campanula rotundifolia. Sc. 1832–1846  J. Crawford in Whistle-Binkie, Songs for the Nursery (1846) 56:
The song of nature's happiness Is heard o'er meadows green, And opening to the fresh'ning breeze The blawart's bell is seen.
Lnk. 1825  Jam.2:
Blawort. This name is given to the Round-leaved Bellflower.
Lnk. 1832  W. Patrick Indigenous Plants of Lanarksh. 119:
This [the Round-leaved Bellflower] is the Blawart or Blue bell of Scotland.
ne., s.Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
Blaewort . . . the harebell. Also blaewart.

2. The corn bluebottle or cornflower, Centaurea cyanus. Sc. 1904  The Gardener in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 219 A vi.:
Your gloves shall be the marygold, All glittering to your hand, Well spread oer wi the blue blaewort That grows in corn-land.
Ork. 1806  P. Neill Tour through . . . Ork. and Sh. 39:
The blaw-wort, or blue-bottle . . . here shewed its flowers among the flax.
Abd. 1920  Anon. Gleanings Deeside Par. II. 11, blaewart;
W. Gardiner Flora of Forfarsh. 107, blawort;
D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 57, blawirt;
J. Shaw Country Schoolmaster 326, blawart;
J. Thomson Doric Lays and Lyrics (2nd ed.) 14, blaewart.

3. The Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamædrys. Slk. 1823  Hogg When the Kye Comes Hame in Blackw. Mag. XIII. 598:
When the bluart bears a pearl, And the daisy turns a pea. [Later versions give the spelling blewart.]
Abd.(D) 1867 attrib. Mrs Allardyce Goodwife at Home xx.:
I fear ye'll think the colour gyre: They're jist a blawirt blue.
Abd. 1900  J. Milne Poems 23:
Sic a reerie ne'er was seen, The din was undevalin; Sic bleedy nizes [noses], blaewort een.

[O.Sc. bla, O.N. blā-r, blue, and O.E. wyrt, a plant.]

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