Bleeding-heart



any of various plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, especially D. spectabilis, a common garden plant having long, one-sided clusters of rose or red heart-shaped flowers.
a person who makes an ostentatious or excessive display of pity or concern for others.
Contemporary Examples

Michigan’s Primary Party Crashers: Democrats Crossing Over to Thwart Romney Ben Jacobs February 27, 2012
Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP Marlow Stern March 12, 2014
Republicans and the ‘Quality of Sodom’ Gershom Gorenberg July 22, 2012

Historical Examples

The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits Mary Elizabeth Parsons
The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits Mary Elizabeth Parsons

noun
any of several plants of the genus Dicentra, esp the widely cultivated Japanese species D. spectabilis, which has finely divided leaves and heart-shaped nodding pink flowers: family Fumariaceae
(informal)

a person who is excessively softhearted
(as modifier): a bleeding-heart liberal

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