speedwell

speedwell

[speed-wel]
noun
any of several plants, shrubs, or small trees of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and small flowers.

Origin:
1570–80; speed + well1; so called because its petals fade and fall early

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speedwell (ˈspiːdˌwɛl)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from speed + well1]

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speedwell

any plant of the genus Veronica (order Lamiales), especially the small, sometimes weedy, herbaceous types. There are about 450 species, which are found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Speedwells are grown as ornamentals. Their small blossoms are usually white, blue, purple, or pink.

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