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pansy, noun

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EnglishShow more Transferred sense of general English pansy the common name of the flower Viola tricolor; see quotations 1976 and 1990.
In full pansy shell: the sea-urchin Echinodiscus bisperforatus of the phylum Echinodermata; most commonly, the calcium carbonate test (or shell-like skeleton) of this sea-urchin.
1954 K.H. Barnard S. Afr. Shore-Life 45A particular kind of Cake-urchin is called the Two-slit Cake-urchin or Pansy Shell.., and is common in many sandy bays on the south coast.
1992 A.C. Bentley in Afr. Wildlife Vol.46 No.2, 237A small dead pansy shell is very light and can drift considerable distances with the tides and currents.
the sea-urchin Echinodiscus bisperforatus of the phylum Echinodermata; most commonly, the calcium carbonate test (or shell-like skeleton) of this sea-urchin.

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