- any coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of small, white, rose-colored, or purplish flowers.
Origin of comfrey
1275–1325; Middle English cumfirie, conferye < Anglo-French cumfirie, Old French confire < Medieval Latin *confervia for Latin conferva conferva
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"It is difficult to get at the rights of the quarrel," said Mrs. Comfrey.
Anyhow, we couldn't not have him to play with us, because of Mr. and Mrs. Comfrey.
"It would be a good match for her," said Mrs. Comfrey; which ended the conversation.
He asked the maid who answered it whether Mr. Comfrey was still in the house.
Mrs. Comfrey expressed her appreciation of the nobility of this attitude.
- any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers
C15: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva
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