verbena

[ ver-bee-nuh ]
/ vərˈbi nə /

noun

any of various plants of the genus Verbena, especially any of several hybrid species cultivated for their showy flower clusters.Compare verbena family.
any of various other plants, as the lemon verbena or sand verbena.

Origin of verbena

1560–70; < Medieval Latin verbēna, Latin: leafy twig; see vervain
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British Dictionary definitions for verbena

verbena
/ (vɜːˈbiːnə) /

noun

any plant of the verbenaceous genus Verbena, chiefly of tropical and temperate America, having red, white, or purple fragrant flowers: much cultivated as garden plantsSee also vervain
any of various similar or related plants, esp the lemon verbena

Word Origin for verbena

C16: via Medieval Latin, from Latin: sacred bough used by the priest in religious acts, vervain
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