[woo d-ruh f, -ruhf]
- any of several plants belonging to the genus Asperula or Galium, of the madder family, as G. odoratum (sweet woodruff), a fragrant plant with small white flowers.
Origin of woodruff
before 1000; Middle English woderove, Old English wudurofe, wudurife, equivalent to wudu wood1 + -rofe, -rife, element of uncertain meaning; compare German Rübe carrot
[woo d-ruh f]
- Hiram,1817–67, Canadian driver, trainer, and breeder of harness-racing horses.
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Early in September Woodruff came to me, at Fredonia, his manner jubilant.
I should soon have substituted Woodruff for myself, in any event.
When Woodruff's election was announced it came as a complete surprise.
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- any of several rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, esp G. odoratum (sweet woodruff), of Eurasia, which has small sweet-scented white flowers and whorls of narrow fragrant leaves used to flavour wine and liqueurs and in perfumery
Old English wudurofe, from wood 1 + rōfe, related to Old High German ruoba, Middle Low German rōve (beet)root, Latin rēpere to creep
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