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  1. any of several plants, shrubs, or small trees of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and small flowers.
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Origin of speedwell

1570–80; speed + well1; so called because its petals fade and fall early
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Historical Examples of speedwell

  • The Speedwell had been forced to put back in a disabled condition.

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    George Makepeace Towle

  • The Goodhope and the Speedwell, he found, had gone back to Gram.

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  • They secured for their voyage two ships, the Speedwell and the Mayflower.

    The Landing of the Pilgrims

    Henry Fisk Carlton

  • All boys who love to be on the go will welcome the Speedwell boys.

  • She had returned to her old ally, Arthur Payne, who designed her the Speedwell.

British Dictionary definitions for speedwell


  1. any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
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Word Origin for speedwell

C16: from speed + well 1
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