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achillea

[ak-uh-lee-uh, uh-kil-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. any composite plant of the genus Achillea, having toothed or divided leaves and flat-topped clusters of flowers, and including the yarrow and sneezewort.
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Origin of achillea

< New Latin (Linnaeus), Latin Achillēa, feminine noun based on Greek Achílleios name for various plants, literally, of Achilles, associated with curative plants by his healing of Telephus in the Troy legends; see -a2
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Historical Examples

  • Achillea millefolium (common yarrow), by river and log-paths, and Smith's.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau


British Dictionary definitions for achillea

achillea

noun
  1. any plant of the N temperate genus Achillea, with white, yellow, or purple flowers, some species of which are widely grown as garden plants: family Asteraceae (composites)See also sneezewort, yarrow
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Word Origin

from Achilles, who was credited with discovering medicinal properties in the plant
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