vervain

[ vur-veyn ]
/ ˈvɜr veɪn /

noun

any plant belonging to the genus Verbena, of the verbena family, having elongated or flattened spikes of stalkless flowers.

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Origin of vervain

1350–1400; Middle English vervaine<Anglo-French, Middle French verveine<Latin verbēna leafy twig, holy bough carried by priests
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vervain
/ (ˈvɜːveɪn) /

noun

any of several verbenaceous plants of the genus Verbena, having square stems and long slender spikes of purple, blue, or white flowers

Word Origin for vervain

C14: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbēna sacred bough; see verbena
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