mullein

[muhl-uhn]
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Verbascum, of the figwort family, native to the Old World, especially V. thapsus, a tall plant with woolly leaves and a dense spike of yellow flowers.
2.
any of several similar plants.
Also, mullen.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English moleine < Anglo-French, perhaps derivative of mol soft < Latin mollis

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mullein or mullen (ˈmʌlɪn)
 
n
See also Aaron's rod any of various European herbaceous plants of the scrophulariaceous genus Verbascum, such as V. thapsus (common mullein or Aaron's rod), typically having tall spikes of yellow flowers and broad hairy leaves
 
[C15: from Old French moleine, probably from Old French mol soft, from Latin mollis]
 
mullen or mullen
 
n
 
[C15: from Old French moleine, probably from Old French mol soft, from Latin mollis]

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mullein
mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. moleine (Fr. moulaine, perhaps from Fr. mol "soft."
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mullein

any of the 360 species of the genus Verbascum (family Scrophulariaceae), large biennial or perennial herbs native to northern temperate regions, especially eastern Eurasia. The common mullein (V. thapsus) grows 0.6 to 2 metres (2 to 7 feet) tall, has a single, unbranched stem with large, thick, densely velvety leaves, and has pale-yellow, slightly irregular flowers about 2.5 cm (1 inch) across in a crowded terminal spike

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One successful use of manual control has been the treatment of spotted and diffuse knapweed and mullein.
The broad leaves at the base of common mullein are easy to spot.
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