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vervain

[vur-veyn] /ˈvɜr veɪn/
noun
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Verbena, of the verbena family, having elongated or flattened spikes of stalkless flowers.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English vervaine < Anglo-French, Middle French verveine < Latin verbēna leafy twig, holy bough carried by priests
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vervain

/ˈvɜːveɪn/
noun
1.
any of several verbenaceous plants of the genus Verbena, having square stems and long slender spikes of purple, blue, or white flowers
Word Origin
C14: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbēna sacred bough; see verbena
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Word Origin and History for vervain
n.

herbaceous plant, much valued medicinally in Middle Ages, late 14c., from Old French verveine (13c.), from Latin verbena (see verbena).

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