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[ av-inz ]
/ ˈæv ɪnz /

noun, plural av·ens.

any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.


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Nearby words

avel, avellaneda, avenaceous, avenge, avenger, avens, aventail, aventine, aventurine, avenue, avenzoar

Origin of avens

1200–50; Middle English avence < Old French < Medieval Latin avencia kind of clover Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for avens

  • Avens, the English name of two rosaceous plants of the genus Geum.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3|Various
  • Commend me to the prayers of the nuns of the Avens Sainte Vierge.

    Marguerite de Valois|Alexandre Dumas
  • Two species occur in Britain under the popular name “avens.”

  • Herbaceous vegetation consists largely of muhly grass, geum, and avens.

British Dictionary definitions for avens


/ (ˈævɪnz) /

noun plural -ens (functioning as singular)

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
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

Word Origin for avens

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