avens

noun
av·​ens | \ˈa-vənz \
plural avens

Definition of avens 

: any of a genus (Geum) of perennial herbs of the rose family with white, purple, red, or yellow flowers

First Known Use of avens

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avens

Middle English avence, from Anglo-French avance, avence

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