- any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.
Origin of avens
1200–50; Middle English avence < Old French < Medieval Latin avencia kind of clover
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Examples from the Web for avens
Commend me to the prayers of the nuns of the Avens Sainte Vierge.Marguerite de Valois
There were buttercups, avens, and white nettles in flower on December 31st.Nature Near London
Avens, the English name of two rosaceous plants of the genus Geum.
Two species occur in Britain under the popular name “avens.”
Herbaceous vegetation consists largely of muhly grass, geum, and avens.
- any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowersSee also herb bennet
- mountain avens either of two trailing evergreen white-flowered rosaceous shrubs of the genus Dryas that grow on mountains in N temperate regions and in the Arctic
C15: from Old French avence, from Medieval Latin avencia variety of clover
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