a bushy composite plant, Chrysanthemum parthenium, bearing small white flowers, formerly used as a remedy for fever and headache.

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French *feverfue (replacing early Middle English fever fugie, Old English feferfuge) < Late Latin febrifugia. See febrifuge

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feverfew (ˈfiːvəˌfjuː)
a bushy European strong-scented perennial plant, Tanacetum parthenium, with white flower heads, formerly used medicinally: family Asteraceae (composites)
[Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia, from Latin febris fever + fugāre to put to flight]

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O.E. feferfuge, from L.L. febrifugia, from L. febris "fever" + fugare "put to flight;" so called for its medical usage.
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