woodruff

[ wood-ruhf, -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

1
before 1000; Middle English woderove,Old English wudurofe, wudurife, equivalent to wuduwood1 + -rofe, -rife, element of uncertain meaning; compare German Rübe carrot

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Woodruff
[ wood-ruhf ]

noun
  1. Hiram, 1817–67, Canadian driver, trainer, and breeder of harness-racing horses.

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woodruff

/ (ˈwʊdrʌf) /


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

Origin of woodruff

1
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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