Erigeron bellidifolium
Plantain Plan"tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all parts of the world. [1913 Webster]

{Indian plantain}. (Bot.) See under {Indian}.

{Mud plantain}, a homely North American aquatic plant ({Heteranthera reniformis}), having broad, reniform leaves.

{Rattlesnake plantain}, an orchidaceous plant ({Goodyera pubescens}), with the leaves blotched and spotted with white.

{Ribwort plantain}. See {Ribwort}.

{Robin's plantain}, the {Erigeron bellidifolium}, a common daisylike plant of North America.

{Water plantain}, a plant of the genus {Alisma}, having acrid leaves, and formerly regarded as a specific against hydrophobia. --Loudon. [1913 Webster]


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  • Goodyera pubescens — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heteranthera reniformis — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indian plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mud plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plantago major — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plantain — Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rattlesnake plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribwort plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Robin's plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water plantain — Plantain Plan tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {Plantago major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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