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[kuhm-free] /ˈkʌm fri/
noun, plural comfreys.
any coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of small, white, rose-colored, or purplish flowers.
Origin of comfrey
1275-1325; Middle English cumfirie, conferye < Anglo-French cumfirie, Old French confire < Medieval Latin *confervia for Latin conferva conferva Unabridged
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  • For example, the herbs comfrey and kava can cause serious harm to the liver.
  • comfrey should not be harvested in its first season as it needs to become established.
  • comfrey should also be regularly watered until well established.
  • comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener.
British Dictionary definitions for comfrey


any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers
Word Origin
C15: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva
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