[ gohts-roo ]

  1. Also called catgut. a hairy American plant, Tephrosia virginiana, of the legume family, having yellow and pink flowers.

  2. a European plant, Galega officinalis, of the legume family, formerly used in medicine.

Origin of goat's-rue

First recorded in 1570–80

Words Nearby goat's-rue

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British Dictionary definitions for goat's-rue


  1. Also called: French lilac a Eurasian leguminous plant, Galega officinalis, cultivated for its white, mauve, or pinkish flowers: formerly used medicinally

  2. a North American leguminous plant, Tephrosia virginiana, with pink-and-yellow flowers

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