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  1. any plant of the genus Geum, comprising the avens.

Origin of geum

1540–50; < New Latin; Latin gaeum, geum (in Pliny) a plant of uncertain identity
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Examples from the Web for geum

Historical Examples

  • I know of nothing else like the Geum we are now considering.

    Seed Dispersal

    William J. Beal

  • Geum coccineum has been found by Wigand with its flowers in this condition.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Bennet, ben′et, n. the herb Bennet or common avens (Geum urbanum), a yellow-flowered wayside plant throughout Europe.

  • Some specimens of Geum rivale (a plant very liable to become prolified) in my possession show this very clearly.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Herbaceous vegetation consists largely of muhly grass, geum, and avens.

British Dictionary definitions for geum


  1. any herbaceous plant of the rosaceous genus Geum, having compound leaves and red, orange, or white flowersSee also avens

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Latin: herb bennet, avens
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