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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  • Vernicle — Ver ni*cle, n. A Veronica. See {Veronica}, 1. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] A vernicle had he sowed upon his cap. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   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

  • Vernicle — A portrait of Christ s head as it was said to have been imprinted on St Veronica s handkerchief, which she used to wipe his face on his way to crucifixion. [vernicle = corruption of Veronica + le acting as a dim.] Cf. Tawdry lace …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • vernicle — /verr ni keuhl/, n. (sometimes cap.) veronica1. [1325 75; ME < OF < ML vernicula, var. (after L dims. in cula CULE1) of veronica VERONICA1] * * * …   Universalium

  • vernicle — cloth with image of Christ s face impressed upon it Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • vernicle — [ və:nɪk(ə)l] noun another term for veronica (in sense 2). Origin ME: from OFr., alt. of vernique, from med. L. veronica …   English new terms dictionary

  • vernicle — ver·ni·cle …   English syllables

  • vernicle — /ˈvɜnɪkəl/ (say vernikuhl) noun → veronica2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • vernicle — n. = VERONICA 2. Etymology: ME f. OF (earlier ver(o)nique), f. med.L VERONICA …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pilgrimages — • Journeys made to some place with the purpose of venerating it, or in order to ask there for supernatural aid, or to discharge some religious obligation. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Pilgrimages     Pilgrimages …   Catholic encyclopedia

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