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  1. any of several plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Teucrium, of the mint family, as T. chamaedrys, of Europe, and T. canadense, of eastern North America.
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Origin of germander

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin germandr(e)a < Late Greek chamandryá
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Historical Examples

  • He was baptized—as German or Germaine (Germander is a corruption)—in 1573.

    Letters to Severall Persons of Honour

    John Donne

  • Among the plants so affected are the germander speedwell, wild thyme, ground-ivy, and others to which we shall afterwards advert.

  • Or geue theim posset ale hote with rosemary, dittane, & germander.

  • The leaves of germander, and dried tops of lesser centaury and wormwood, equal parts.

  • People confound it sometimes with the germander–speedwell, another lovely flower of May and June.

British Dictionary definitions for germander


  1. any of several plants of the genus Teucrium, esp T. chamaedrys (wall germander) of Europe, having two-lipped flowers with a very small upper lip: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin germandrea, from Late Greek khamandrua, from Greek khamaidrus, from khamai on the ground + drus oak tree
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