vervain
noun Etymology: Middle English verveine, from Anglo-French, from Latin verbena leafy branch; akin to Latin verber rod, Lithuanian virbas, and perhaps to Greek rhabdos rod Date: 14th century any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of chiefly American plants having bracted spicate flowers, a corolla with a 5-lobed limb, and a fruit that separates into four nutlets

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  • Vervain — Ver vain, n. [OE. verveine, F. verveine, fr. L. verbena, pl. verbenae sacred boughs of laurel, olive, or myrtle, a class of plants; cf. verbenaca vervain. Cf. {Verbena}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Verbena. [1913 Webster] {Vervain mallow} (Bot …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vervain — [vʉr′vān΄] n. [ME verveine < OFr < L verbena: see VERBENA] any of a number of verbenas; esp., a) the European vervain ( Verbena officinalis), formerly used in folk medicine b) any of several species of North American verbena, not generally… …   English World dictionary

  • vervain — (n.) herbaceous plant, much valued medicinally in Middle Ages, late 14c., from O.Fr. verveine (13c.), from L. verbena (see VERBENA (Cf. verbena)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vervain — ► NOUN ▪ a herbaceous plant with small blue, white, or purple flowers, used in herbal medicine. ORIGIN Old French verveine, from Latin verbena sacred bough …   English terms dictionary

  • vervain — vaistinė verbena statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Verbeninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Verbena officinalis), paplitęs Afrikoje, Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Verbena officinalis angl. common… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • vervain — ver·vain vər .vān n any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of plants including several (as V. hastata) formerly used as medicinal herbs …   Medical dictionary

  • vervain —    Pieces of vervain root, or a sachet of its dried leaves, were hung round the neck to cure scrofula, prevent *nightmares, and make one immune to snakebite; it was also said to staunch blood, because it grew at the foot of Christ s cross. One… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • vervain — šeriuotoji verbena statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Verbeninių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Verbena lasiostachys), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Verbena lasiostachys angl. vervain šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos komisijos… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • vervain — verbena statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Verbeninių (Verbenaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Verbena). atitikmenys: lot. Verbena angl. verbena; vervain vok. Eisenkraut; Verbene rus. вербена lenk. werbena …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • vervain — /verr vayn/, n. any plant belonging to the genus Verbena, of the verbena family, having elongated or flattened spikes of stalkless flowers. [1350 1400; ME vervaine < AF, MF verveine < L verbena leafy twig, holy bough carried by priests] * * * …   Universalium

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