speedwell

[ speed-wel ]
/ ˈspidˌwɛl /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for speedwell

speedwell
/ (ˈspiːdˌwɛl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for speedwell

C16: from speed + well 1
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