feverfew

[ fee-ver-fyoo ]
/ ˈfi vərˌfyu /
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noun

a bushy composite plant, Chrysanthemum parthenium, bearing small white flowers, formerly used as a remedy for fever and headache.

Origin of feverfew

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French *feverfue (replacing early Middle English fever fugie, Old English feferfuge) < Late Latin febrifugia. See febrifuge
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feverfew

/ (ˈfiːvəˌfjuː) /

noun

a bushy European strong-scented perennial plant, Tanacetum parthenium, with white flower heads, formerly used medicinally: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for feverfew

Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia, from Latin febris fever + fugāre to put to flight
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Word Origin and History for feverfew

feverfew


n.

Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia, from Latin febris "fever" (see fever) + fugare "put to flight;" so called for its medical usage. The modern English word probably is from an Anglo-French source.

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