[ kuhm-free ]
/ ˈkʌm fri /

noun, plural com·freys.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for comfrey

/ (ˈkʌmfrɪ) /


any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers

Word Origin for comfrey

C15: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva
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