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[vuh-leer-ee-uh n]
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  1. Publius Licinius Valerianus, died a.d. c260, Roman emperor 253–60.
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British Dictionary definitions for publius-licinius-valerianus


  1. Also called: allheal any of various Eurasian valerianaceous plants of the genus Valeriana, esp V. officinalis, having small white or pinkish flowers and a medicinal root
  2. a sedative drug made from the dried roots of V. officinalis

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin valeriana (herba) (herb) of Valerius, unexplained Latin personal name


  1. Latin name Publius Licinius Valerianus. died 260 ad, Roman emperor (253–260): renewed persecution of the Christians; defeated by the Persians
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Word Origin and History for publius-licinius-valerianus



late 14c., from Old French valeriane, apparently from feminine singular of Latin adjective Valerianus, from the personal name Valerius (see Valerie); but Weekley writes, "some of the German and Scand. forms of the name point rather to connection with the saga-hero Wieland."

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