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[av-inz] /ˈæv ɪnz/
noun, plural avens.
any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.
Origin of avens
1200-50; Middle English avence < Old French < Medieval Latin avencia kind of clover Unabridged
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noun (functioning as sing) (pl) -ens
any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowers See also herb bennet
mountain avens, either of two trailing evergreen white-flowered rosaceous shrubs of the genus Dryas that grow on mountains in N temperate regions and in the Arctic
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avence, from Medieval Latin avencia variety of clover
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