[ vur-veyn ]
/ ˈvɜr veɪn /


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

Origin of vervain

1350–1400; Middle English vervaine < Anglo-French, Middle French verveine < Latin verbēna leafy twig, holy bough carried by priests Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vervain

/ (ˈvɜːveɪn) /


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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