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noun, plural av·ens.
  1. any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.
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Origin of avens

1200–50; Middle English avence < Old French < Medieval Latin avencia kind of clover
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noun plural -ens (functioning as singular)
  1. any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowersSee also herb bennet
  2. mountain avens either of two trailing evergreen white-flowered rosaceous shrubs of the genus Dryas that grow on mountains in N temperate regions and in the Arctic
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French avence, from Medieval Latin avencia variety of clover
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