[ yar-oh ]
/ ˈyær oʊ /


a composite plant, Achillea millefolium, of Eurasia, having fernlike leaves and flat-topped clusters of whitish flowers, naturalized in North America.
any of various other plants of the genus Achillea, some having yellow flowers.

Nearby words

  1. yaroslavl,
  2. yarovize,
  3. yarra river,
  4. yarraman,
  5. yarran,
  6. yashmak,
  7. yasht,
  8. yasmin,
  9. yasna,
  10. yasnian

Origin of yarrow

before 900; Middle English yar(o)we, Old English gearwe; cognate with German Garbe sheaf


[ yar-oh ]
/ ˈyær oʊ /


a river in SE Scotland, flowing into the Tweed. 14 miles (23 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for yarrow


/ (ˈjærəʊ) /


any of several plants of the genus Achillea, esp A. millefolium, of Eurasia, having finely dissected leaves and flat clusters of white flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: milfoil See also sneezewort

Word Origin for yarrow

Old English gearwe; related to Old High German garwa, Dutch gerwe

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Word Origin and History for yarrow



plant, also known as milfoil, Old English gearwe, from Proto-Germanic *garwo (cf. Middle Dutch garwe, Old High German garawa, German Garbe), perhaps from a source akin to the root of yellow.

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