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wallflower

noun [C] uk   /ˈwɔːlˌflaʊər/ us    /ˈwɑːlˌflaʊr/

wallflower noun [C] (PLANT)

wallflower noun [C] (SHY PERSON)

informal a shy person, especially a girl or woman, who is frightened to involve herself in social activities and does not attract much interest or attention: Sooner or later someone would take pity on the poor wallflower and ask her to dance.
Translations of “wallflower”
in Chinese (Traditional) 植物, 桂竹香,牆頭花…
in Chinese (Simplified) 植物, 桂竹香,墙头花…
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