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[yoo-fruh-see] /ˈyu frə si/
noun, plural euphrasies. Botany.
Origin of euphrasy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English eufrasie < Medieval Latin eufrasia < Greek euphrasía cheerfulness, gladness (Compare euphraínein to cheer, be glad) Unabridged
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  • Club Moss is considered good for all diseases of the eyes, and euphrasy and Rue for dimness of sight.

  • Under the name of euphrasy it formerly enjoyed a great reputation in diseases of the eyes.

  • The words "euphrasy and rue" kept ringing in his brain, coming over and over with an awful mingling of chime and toll.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • euphrasy or eyebright with its little bright eye was a medicine for sore eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for euphrasy


noun (pl) -sies
another name for eyebright
Word Origin
C15 eufrasie: from Medieval Latin eufrasia, from Greek euphrasia gladness, from euphrainein to make glad, from eu- + phrēn mind
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