a composite plant, Achillea millefolium, of Eurasia, having fernlike leaves and flat-topped clusters of whitish flowers, naturalized in North America.
any of various other plants of the genus Achillea, some having yellow flowers.

before 900; Middle English yar(o)we, Old English gearwe; cognate with German Garbe sheaf

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a river in SE Scotland, flowing into the Tweed. 14 miles (23 km) long.
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yarrow (ˈjærəʊ)
See also sneezewort Also called: milfoil any of several plants of the genus Achillea, esp A. millefolium, of Eurasia, having finely dissected leaves and flat clusters of white flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
[Old English gearwe; related to Old High German garwa, Dutch gerwe]

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plant, also known as milfoil, O.E. gearwe, from P.Gmc. *garwo (cf. M.Du. garwe, O.H.G. garawa, Ger. Garbe), perhaps from a source akin to the root of yellow.
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Example sentences
Golden yarrow and blue catmint add interest at the top of the wall.
Yarrow is an excellent alternative to traditional turf.
While western yarrow has a low palatability rating, it is eaten by domestic and wild grazers early in the season.
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