- 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.
Origin of yarrow
before 900; Middle English yar(o)we, Old English gearwe; cognate with German Garbe sheaf
- a river in SE Scotland, flowing into the Tweed. 14 miles (23 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for yarrow
He died in peace, and was buried on the banks of the Yarrow.
"Yarrow knew," he said, laughing, to get the water out of his eyes.The Marriage of Elinor
Nate named his boat the Arrow, because he said it went so well with Yarrow.
Yarrow is the place where I am at school while my father and mother are in Europe.
Of that excursion the verses “Yarrow Revisited” are a memorial.Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803
- 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
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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