noun (plural comfreys) Etymology: Middle English cumfirie, from Anglo-French cunfirie, from Latin conferva a water plant, from confervēre to grow together (of bones), from com- + fervēre to boil — more at barm Date: 13th century 1. any of a genus (Symphytum) of perennial herbs of the borage family with coarse hairy entire leaves and flowers in one-sided racemes 2. an herbal preparation of the leaves or roots of comfrey that is toxic if taken internally

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  • Comfrey — Com frey, n. [Prob. from F. conferve, L. conferva, fr. confervere to boil together, in medical language, to heal, grow together. So called on account of its healing power, for which reason it was also called consolida.] (Bot.) A rough, hairy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comfrey — Comfrey, MN U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 367 Housing Units (2000): 171 Land area (2000): 0.420939 sq. miles (1.090226 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.420939 sq. miles (1.090226 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • comfrey — [kum′frē] n. pl. comfreys [ME & OFr confirie < VL * confervia, comfrey, for L conferva, a water plant < confervere, to heal, grow together, orig., to seethe, boil together < com , with + fervere, to boil (see FERVENT): from use in… …   English World dictionary

  • Comfrey — (engl., spr. kómmfrì), s. Symphytum …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Comfrey — Comfrey, Futtergewächs, s. Symphytum …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • comfrey — ► NOUN (pl. comfreys) ▪ a plant with large hairy leaves and clusters of purplish or white bell shaped flowers. ORIGIN Old French cumfirie, from Latin confervere heal (referring to the plant s medicinal use) …   English terms dictionary

  • Comfrey — For the place, see Comfrey, Minnesota. Russian comfrey Russian comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • comfrey — /kum free/, n., pl. comfreys. any coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance shaped leaves and drooping clusters of small, white, rose colored, or… …   Universalium

  • Comfrey — Beinwell Echter Beinwell (Symphytum officinale) Systematik Abteilung: Bedecktsamer (Magnoliophyta) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • comfrey — vaistinė taukė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, dervinis, gleivinis, pašarinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Symphytum officinale), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Symphytum officinale… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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