Mullen

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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