av·​ens ˈa-vənz How to pronounce avens (audio)
plural avens
: any of a genus (Geum) of perennial herbs of the rose family with white, purple, red, or yellow flowers

Word History


Middle English avence, avance, borrowed from Anglo-French avance, avence "wood avens (Geum urbanum), hare's foot (Trifolium arvense), hazelwort (Asarum europaeum)" (also continental Middle French), borrowed from Medieval Latin avantia, of obscure origin

Note: Alternatively the Medieval Latin form may be a latinization of the French word.

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avens was in the 13th century

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“Avens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avens. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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