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Herb Trinity

The botanical name is Vio la tricolor. The word tricolor explains why it is called the Herb Trinity. It also explains the pet name of “Three-faces-under-a-hood;” but the very markings of the pansy resemble the name. (See Heart's Ease.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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