Chaste tree
Chaste Chaste (ch[=a]st), a. [F. chaste, from L. castus pure, chaste; cf. Gr. kaqaro`s pure, Skr. [,c]udh to purify.] [1913 Webster] 1. Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous; continent. ``As chaste as Diana.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Pure in thought and act; innocent; free from lewdness and obscenity, or indecency in act or speech; modest; as, a chaste mind; chaste eyes. [1913 Webster]

3. Pure in design and expression; correct; free from barbarisms or vulgarisms; refined; simple; as, a chaste style in composition or art. [1913 Webster]

That great model of chaste, lofty, and eloquence, the Book of Common Prayer. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. Unmarried. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: Undefiled; pure; virtuous; continent; immaculate; spotless. [1913 Webster]

{Chaste tree}. Same as {Agnus castus}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chaste tree — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: translation of Latin agnus castus, by folk etymology (influence of Latin agnus lamb) from Greek agnos (associated with chastity rites because of influence of hagnos chaste, sacred) : agnus castus * * * a shrub or small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chaste tree — a shrub or small tree, Vitex agnus castus, of southern Europe, having aromatic, hairy leaves and long clusters of fragrant, pale lilac blue flowers. Also called hemp tree, monk s pepper tree. [1555 65; trans. of L agnus castus, var. of AGNOS… …   Universalium

  • chaste tree — /ˈtʃeɪst tri/ (say chayst tree) noun a deciduous shrub, originally from the Mediterranean, Vitex agnus castus, with dense lilac flowers and aromatic fragrance …   Australian English dictionary

  • chaste tree — noun A shrub native to the Mediterranean region (Vitex agnus castus) …   Wiktionary

  • chaste tree — Vitex agnus castus, a shrub native to the Mediterranean region, having blue or pink flowers and reddish black berries. [USP] an extract prepared from the berries and root bark of V. agnus castus, used for the symptomatic treatment of premenstrual …   Medical dictionary

  • chaste tree — noun an ornamental shrub with blue or white flowers. [Vitex agnus castus.] Origin C16: so named because of its assoc. with chastity in sacrifices to Ceres (the Roman goddess of agriculture) …   English new terms dictionary

  • five-leaved chaste tree — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : an Asiatic shrub or small tree (Vitex negundo) with showy lilac panicled flowers …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chaste — (ch[=a]st), a. [F. chaste, from L. castus pure, chaste; cf. Gr. kaqaro s pure, Skr. [,c]udh to purify.] [1913 Webster] 1. Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous; continent. As chaste as Diana. Shak. [1913 Webster] Whose bed is undefiled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chaste berry — chaste tree berry the fruit of the chaste tree, which is used medicinally …   Medical dictionary

  • tree — 1. noun /tɹiː,tʃɹiː/ a) A large plant, not exactly defined, but typically over four meters in height, a single trunk which grows in girth with age and branches (which also grow in circumference with age). is the tallest living tree in the world.… …   Wiktionary

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