Webster 1913 Edition

Bachelor's button

Bach′e-lor’s but′ton

A plant with flowers shaped like buttons; especially, several species of
, and the cornflower (
Centaurea cyanus
) and globe amaranth (
Bachelor’s buttons
, a name given to several flowers “from their similitude to the jagged cloathe buttons, anciently worne in this kingdom,” according to Johnson's
Gerarde, p. 472 (1633)
; but by other writers ascribed to “a habit of country fellows to carry them in their pockets to divine their success with their sweethearts.”
Dr. Prior.