[ ver-bee-nuh ]
/ vərˈbi nə /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for verbena


/ (vɜːˈbiːnə) /


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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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.)).

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