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woodruff

[woo d-ruh f, -ruhf] /ˈwʊd rəf, -ˌrʌf/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Asperula or Galium, of the madder family, as G. odoratum (sweet woodruff) a fragrant plant with small white flowers.
Origin of woodruff
1000
before 1000; Middle English woderove, Old English wudurofe, wudurife, equivalent to wudu wood1 + -rofe, -rife, element of uncertain meaning; compare German Rübe carrot

Woodruff

[woo d-ruh f] /ˈwʊd rəf/
noun
1.
Hiram, 1817–67, Canadian driver, trainer, and breeder of harness-racing horses.
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  • Early in September woodruff came to me, at Fredonia, his manner jubilant.

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  • I should soon have substituted woodruff for myself, in any event.

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  • When woodruff's election was announced it came as a complete surprise.

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  • I gave them their instructions; woodruff equipped them with the necessary cash.

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  • After half an hour of pumping I sent him away, detaining woodruff.

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  • woodruff wrote, urging; then he sent telegram after telegram.

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  • And it is not necessary for me to say where woodruff got the orders he transmitted to Thurston.

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  • woodruff looked first on one side then on the other, muttering at them.

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  • For it was after the first of January, and Jennie was visiting the woodruff school.

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British Dictionary definitions for woodruff

woodruff

/ˈwʊdrʌf/
noun
1.
any of several rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, esp G. odoratum (sweet woodruff), of Eurasia, which has small sweet-scented white flowers and whorls of narrow fragrant leaves used to flavour wine and liqueurs and in perfumery
Word Origin
Old English wudurofe, from wood1 + rōfe, related to Old High German ruoba, Middle Low German rōve (beet)root, Latin rēpere to creep
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