[ speed-wel ]

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

Origin of speedwell

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

Words Nearby speedwell

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How to use speedwell in a sentence

  • After a short delay both vessels set out together; but they soon had to put back, because the speedwell proved unsafe.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • Low-growing lavender-colored phlox appears in masses, and Cusick's speedwell forms large patches of low-lying blue.

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  • And they should never have built those two last ships, the speedwell and the Goodhope; the return on them didn't justify it.

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  • They managed to charter for this purpose two small vessels, the speedwell and the Mayflower.

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  • The speedwell was found to be unseaworthy and was abandoned.

British Dictionary definitions for speedwell


/ (ˈspiːdˌwɛl) /

  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

Origin of speedwell

C16: from speed + well 1

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