woodruff

[woo d-ruh f, -ruhf]
noun
  1. 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

Woodruff

[woo d-ruh f]
noun
  1. Hiram,1817–67, Canadian driver, trainer, and breeder of harness-racing horses.
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  • When Woodruff's election was announced it came as a complete surprise.

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  • After half an hour of pumping I sent him away, detaining Woodruff.

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  • I should soon have substituted Woodruff for myself, in any event.

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  • Early in September Woodruff came to me, at Fredonia, his manner jubilant.

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  • I gave them their instructions; Woodruff equipped them with the necessary cash.

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British Dictionary definitions for woodruff

woodruff

noun
  1. 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

Word Origin for woodruff

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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