Betonies
Betony Bet"o*ny, n.; pl. {Betonies}. [OE. betony, betany, F. betoine, fr. L. betonica, vettonica.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Betonica} (Linn.). [1913 Webster]

Note: The purple or wood betony ({Betonica officinalis}, Linn.) is common in Europe, being formerly used in medicine, and (according to Loudon) in dyeing wool a yellow color. [1913 Webster]


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  • betonies — n. (Botany) plant of the mint family with purple flowers and native o Europe and Asia (in the past it was used in medicine); any plant that resembles the betony; lousewort …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Betonica officinalis — Betony Bet o*ny, n.; pl. {Betonies}. [OE. betony, betany, F. betoine, fr. L. betonica, vettonica.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Betonica} (Linn.). [1913 Webster] Note: The purple or wood betony ({Betonica officinalis}, Linn.) is common in Europe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Betony — Bet o*ny, n.; pl. {Betonies}. [OE. betony, betany, F. betoine, fr. L. betonica, vettonica.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Betonica} (Linn.). [1913 Webster] Note: The purple or wood betony ({Betonica officinalis}, Linn.) is common in Europe, being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • betony — /bet n ee/, n., pl. betonies. 1. a plant, Stachys (formerly Betonica) officinalis, of the mint family, having hairy leaves and dense spikes of purple flowers, formerly used in medicine and dyeing. 2. any of various similar plants, esp. of the… …   Universalium

  • betony — [ bɛtəni] noun (plural betonies) a plant of the mint family bearing spikes of showy purple flowers. [Stachys officinalis.] ↘used in names of other plants, e.g. water betony. Origin ME: from OFr. betoine, based on L. betonica, perh. from the name… …   English new terms dictionary

  • betony — [bet′ n ē] n. pl. betonies [ME betonike < OE betonice < LL betonica, altered < L vettonica, after the Vettones, an ancient Iberian people] 1. any of a genus (Stachys) of plants of the mint family, having spikes of white, yellow, or… …   English World dictionary

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