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[muhl-uh n] /ˈmʌl ən/
any of various plants belonging to the genus Verbascum, of the figwort family, native to the Old World, especially V. thapsus, a tall plant with woolly leaves and a dense spike of yellow flowers.
any of several similar plants.
Origin of mullein
1325-75; Middle English moleine < Anglo-French, perhaps derivative of mol soft < Latin mollis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mullen


any of various European herbaceous plants of the scrophulariaceous genus Verbascum, such as V. thapsus (common mullein or Aaron's rod), typically having tall spikes of yellow flowers and broad hairy leaves See also Aaron's rod
Word Origin
C15: from Old French moleine, probably from Old French mol soft, from Latin mollis
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Word Origin and History for mullen



tall plant of the figwort family, mid-15c., from Anglo-French moleine (French moulaine), perhaps literally "the soft-leaved plant," from French mol "soft," from Latin mollis (see melt (v.))

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