Vernacle
Veronica Ve*ron"i*ca, n. [LL.; -- so called from Veronica, a woman who, according to an old legend, as Christ was carrying the cross, wiped his face with a cloth, which received an impression of his countenance; Veronica is fr. MGr. ?, fr. Macedonian ?, for Gr. ?, literally, carrying off victory, victorious.] 1. A portrait or representation of the face of our Savior on the alleged handkerchief of Saint Veronica, preserved at Rome; hence, a representation of this portrait, or any similar representation of the face of the Savior. Formerly called also {Vernacle}, and {Vernicle}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A genus scrophulariaceous plants; the speedwell. See {Speedwell}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Several herbaceous species are common in both Europe and America, most of which have small blue flowers. A few shrubby species from New Zealand are sometimes found in cultivation. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vernacle — Ver na*cle, n. See {Veronica}, 1. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernacle — variant of vernicle * * * vernacle var. vernicle …   Useful english dictionary

  • vernacle — noun see vernicle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vernacle — ver|na|cle Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • The Vernacle —    A tavern so called in Fleet Street in parish of St. Bride, in the ward of Farringdon Without, 1389 (Cal. P.R. Rich. II. 1388 92, p.130).    Not further identified …   Dictionary of London

  • Vernicle — Veronica Ve*ron i*ca, n. [LL.; so called from Veronica, a woman who, according to an old legend, as Christ was carrying the cross, wiped his face with a cloth, which received an impression of his countenance; Veronica is fr. MGr. ?, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Veronica — Ve*ron i*ca, n. [LL.; so called from Veronica, a woman who, according to an old legend, as Christ was carrying the cross, wiped his face with a cloth, which received an impression of his countenance; Veronica is fr. MGr. ?, fr. Macedonian ?, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernicle — or vernacle noun Etymology: Middle English vernicle, from Anglo French, alteration of Middle French veronique, veronicle, from Medieval Latin veronica Date: 14th century veronica II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ver|ni|cle — «VUR nih kuhl», noun. = veronica1 (def. 2). (Cf. ↑veronica) Also, vernacle. ╂[< Old French vernicle, variant of veronicle, veronique < Medieval Latin Veronica; see etym. under veronica1 (Cf. ↑veronica)] …   Useful english dictionary

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