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comfrey

[kuhm-free]
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noun, plural com·freys.
  1. 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 purplish flowers.
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Origin of comfrey

1275–1325; Middle English cumfirie, conferye < Anglo-French cumfirie, Old French confire < Medieval Latin *confervia for Latin conferva conferva
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  • Anyhow, we couldn't not have him to play with us, because of Mr. and Mrs. Comfrey.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall

  • "It is difficult to get at the rights of the quarrel," said Mrs. Comfrey.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall

  • "It would be a good match for her," said Mrs. Comfrey; which ended the conversation.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall

  • He asked the maid who answered it whether Mr. Comfrey was still in the house.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall

  • Mrs. Comfrey expressed her appreciation of the nobility of this attitude.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall


British Dictionary definitions for comfrey

comfrey

noun
  1. any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva
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