- any of several plants, shrubs, or small trees of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and small flowers.
Origin of speedwell
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The Speedwell had been forced to put back in a disabled condition.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
The Goodhope and the Speedwell, he found, had gone back to Gram.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
They secured for their voyage two ships, the Speedwell and the Mayflower.The Landing of the Pilgrims
Henry Fisk Carlton
All boys who love to be on the go will welcome the Speedwell boys.Fred Fenton on the Track
She had returned to her old ally, Arthur Payne, who designed her the Speedwell.
- any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
C16: from speed + well 1
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