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[ver-bee-nuh] /vərˈbi nə/
any of various plants of the genus Verbena, especially any of several hybrid species cultivated for their showy flower clusters.
Compare verbena family.
any of various other plants, as the lemon verbena or sand verbena.
Origin of verbena
1560-70; < Medieval Latin verbēna, Latin: leafy twig; see vervain Unabridged
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  • Their verbena products are absolutely my favorite line of scented bath things, though they have lots of lovely fragrances.
  • She was small and neat, with a sprig of lemon-scented verbena pinned to her brooch, and almost always holding a golf club.
British Dictionary definitions for verbena


any plant of the verbenaceous genus Verbena, chiefly of tropical and temperate America, having red, white, or purple fragrant flowers: much cultivated as garden plants See also vervain
any of various similar or related plants, esp the lemon verbena
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin, from Latin: sacred bough used by the priest in religious acts, vervain
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Word Origin and History for verbena

genus of plants, the vervain, 1560s, from Latin verbena "leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies," from PIE *werbh- (cf. Lithuanian virbas "twig, branch, scion, rod"), from root *werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp (v.)).

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