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agrimony

[ag-ruh-moh-nee]
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noun, plural ag·ri·mo·nies.
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Agrimonia, of the rose family, especially the perennial A. eupatoria, having pinnate leaves and small, yellow flowers.
  2. any of certain other plants, as hemp agrimony or bur marigold.
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Origin of agrimony

1350–1400; late Middle English < Latin agrimōnia, metathetic variant (perhaps by association with ager field) of argemōnia < Greek argemṓnē poppy; replacing Middle English egremoyne < Middle French aigremoine < Latin, as above
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Historical Examples

  • You may boil in it Pellitory of the wall, Agrimony, or what herbs you please.

    The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened

    Kenelm Digby

  • Agrimony boiled in milk was thought to relieve impotence in men.

  • Agrimony, ag′ri-mun-i, n. a genus of plants of the rose-group, with small yellow flowers and bitter taste.

  • You often find a dozen of these little green bells fastened to your skirt if you have been where the Agrimony grows.

  • By the hedge the agrimony frequently lifts its long stem, surrounded with small yellow petals.

    Nature Near London

    Richard Jefferies


British Dictionary definitions for agrimony

agrimony

noun
  1. any of various N temperate rosaceous plants of the genus Agrimonia, which have compound leaves, long spikes of small yellow flowers, and bristly burlike fruits
  2. any of several other plants, such as hemp agrimony
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Word Origin

C15: altered from egrimonie (C14), via Old French from Latin agrimōnia, variant of argemōnia from Greek argemōnē poppy
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