[ yoo-fruh-see ]

noun,plural eu·phra·sies.Botany.

Origin of euphrasy

1425–75; late Middle English eufrasie<Medieval Latin eufrasia<Greek euphrasía cheerfulness, gladness (Compare euphraínein to cheer, be glad)

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How to use euphrasy in a sentence

  • Under the name of euphrasy it formerly enjoyed a great reputation in diseases of the eyes.

  • euphrasy or eyebright with its little bright eye was a medicine for sore eyes.

  • Club Moss is considered good for all diseases of the eyes, and euphrasy and Rue for dimness of sight.

  • The words "euphrasy and rue" kept ringing in his brain, coming over and over with an awful mingling of chime and toll.

    David Elginbrod | George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for euphrasy


/ (ˈjuːfrəsɪ) /

nounplural -sies
  1. another name for eyebright

Origin of euphrasy

C15 eufrasie: from Medieval Latin eufrasia, from Greek euphrasia gladness, from euphrainein to make glad, from eu- + phrēn mind

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