publius licinius valerianus

Valerian

[vuh-leer-ee-uhn]
noun
(Publius Licinius Valerianus) died a.d. c260, Roman emperor 253–60.
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valerian (vəˈlɛərɪən)
 
n
1.  Also called: allheal any of various Eurasian valerianaceous plants of the genus Valeriana, esp V. officinalis, having small white or pinkish flowers and a medicinal root
2.  a sedative drug made from the dried roots of V. officinalis
 
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin valeriana (herba) (herb) of Valerius, unexplained Latin personal name]

Valerian (vəˈlɛərɪən)
 
n
Latin name Publius Licinius Valerianus. died 260 ad, Roman emperor (253--260): renewed persecution of the Christians; defeated by the Persians

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valerian
late 14c., from O.Fr. valeriane, apparently from fem. sing. of L. adj. Valerianus, from the personal name Valerius (see Valerie); but Weekley writes, "some of the Ger. and Scand. forms of the name point rather to connection with the saga-hero Wieland."
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