Flame

A sweetheart. “An old flame,” a quondam sweetheart. In Latin, flamma is used for love, and so is feu in French. Ardeo, to burn like fire, is also applied to the passion of love; hence, Virgil (Ecl. ii. 4). “Corydon ardebat Alexin;” and Horace (Epoch xiii. 9), “Arsit Anacreon Bathyllo.

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