Origin of verbena
Examples from the Web for verbena
This was possibly the verbena, well known in folk-medicine as vervain, and much used in the Middle Ages.Of Six Medival Women|Alice Kemp-Welch
First he flew to a beautiful garden, full of roses and verbena and everything sweet.Fairies I Have Met|Maud Margaret Key Stawell
He groaned, and sat down heavily on my low wall, crushing a branch of verbena.
Half an hour later we crossed the tracks at Verbena and turned into a broad marl road.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
You may be, but she will never forgive you all the same, said Jimmy slowly rising, and brushing traces of verbena from his person.
British Dictionary definitions for verbena
Word Origin for verbena
Word Origin and History for verbena
genus of plants, the vervain, 1560s, from Latin verbena "leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies," from PIE *werbh- (cf. Lithuanian virbas "twig, branch, scion, rod"), from root *werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp (v.)).