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[jer-man-der] /dʒərˈmæn dər/
any of several plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Teucrium, of the mint family, as T. chamaedrys, of Europe, and T. canadense, of eastern North America.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin germandr(e)a < Late Greek chamandryá Unabridged
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any of several plants of the genus Teucrium, esp T. chamaedrys (wall germander) of Europe, having two-lipped flowers with a very small upper lip: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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C15: from Medieval Latin germandrea, from Late Greek khamandrua, from Greek khamaidrus, from khamai on the ground + drus oak tree
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any of about 250 species of plants belonging to the genus Teucrium, which is a worldwide genus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), order Lamiales. American germander (T. canadense) of North America has slender spikes of purple to cream flowers on stems 90 cm (3 feet) tall. Native in Europe but naturalized in North America, wood sage (T. scorodonia) bears yellow flowers. Tree germander (T. fruticans), a shrub growing to 1.5 metres (5 feet), has scattered pale blue to lilac flowers and lance-shaped leaves. It is native on hillsides of coastal Europe.

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