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monk's pepper tree


chaste tree

a shrub or small tree, Vitex agnus-castus, of southern Europe, having aromatic, hairy leaves and long clusters of fragrant, pale lilac-blue flowers.
Also called hemp tree, monk's pepper tree.
Origin of chaste tree
1555-65; translation of Latin agnus castus, variant of agnos castus (by influence of agnus lamb) < Greek ágnos kind of willow + Latin castus chaste, reinforcement of the idea thought to be in ágnos by confusion with Greek hagnós pure Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monk's pepper tree

chaste tree

a small ornamental verbenaceous tree, Vitex agnus-castus, of S Europe and SW Asia, with spikes of pale blue flowers
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