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speedwell

[speed-wel] /ˈspidˌwɛl/
noun
1.
any of several plants, shrubs, or small trees of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and small flowers.
Origin of speedwell
1570-1580
1570-80; speed + well1; so called because its petals fade and fall early
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speedwell

/ˈspiːdˌwɛl/
noun
1.
any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
Word Origin
C16: from speed + well1
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