- a plant, Stachys (formerly Betonica) officinalis, of the mint family, having hairy leaves and dense spikes of purple flowers, formerly used in medicine and dyeing.
- any of various similar plants, especially of the genus Pedicularis.
Origin of betony
Examples from the Web for betony
Historical Examples of betony
Let it stand to cool, beat up three ounces of syrup of betony with a large spoonful of ale yeast, and put it into the liquor.
If it is caused by the brain, take syrup of betony and marjoram.
With the exception of vervain, no herb was more highly prized than betony.The Old English Herbals
Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
Upon the table lay a pipe filled with betony and colt's-foot, a roll of wax-candle, a silver spitting-pot, and a Seville orange.Isaac Bickerstaff
The seeds of Rue and the leaves of Betony boyled together in white wine.
- a Eurasian plant, Stachys (or Betonica) officinalis, with a spike of reddish-purple flowers, formerly used in medicine and dyeing: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- any of several related plants of the genus Stachys
- wood betony a North American scrophulariaceous plant, Pedicularis canadensisSee also lousewort