moth mullein

  1. a weedy, European mullein, Verbascum blattaria, of the figwort family, having lance-shaped leaves and loose spikes of white or yellow flowers.

Origin of moth mullein

First recorded in 1570–80; from its mothlike appearance

Words Nearby moth mullein Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moth mullein in a sentence

  • That the moth mullein is of no use except that it will attract moths wherever it is laid.

    The Old English Herbals | Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • The moth-mullein is so called because its blossoms have the appearance of a number of delicate moths resting upon the stem.

  • It seems to flourish in the waste places, while both the moth mullein and the common mullein are close companions.

    Woodcraft | Alan Douglas