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noun com·frey \ˈkəm(p)-frē\

Definition of comfrey



  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Symphytum) of perennial herbs of the borage family with coarse hairy entire leaves and flowers in one-sided racemes

  2. 2 :  an herbal preparation of the leaves or roots of comfrey that is toxic if taken internally

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Origin and Etymology of comfrey

Middle English cumfirie, from Anglo-French cunfirie, from Latin conferva a water plant, from confervēre to grow together (of bones), from com- + fervēre to boil — more at barm

First Known Use: 13th century

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