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British Dictionary definitions for yarrow-river


  1. 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-river



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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