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[fee-ver-fyoo] /ˈfi vərˌfyu/
a bushy composite plant, Chrysanthemum parthenium, bearing small white flowers, formerly used as a remedy for fever and headache.
Origin of feverfew
late Middle English
early Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French *feverfue (replacing early Middle English fever fugie, Old English feferfuge) < Late Latin febrifugia. See febrifuge Unabridged
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a bushy European strong-scented perennial plant, Tanacetum parthenium, with white flower heads, formerly used medicinally: family Asteraceae (composites)
Word Origin
Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia, from Latin febris fever + fugāre to put to flight
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Word Origin and History for feverfew

Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia, from Latin febris "fever" (see fever) + fugare "put to flight;" so called for its medical usage. The modern English word probably is from an Anglo-French source.

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