fe·​ver·​few ˈfē-vər-ˌfyü How to pronounce feverfew (audio)
: a perennial European composite (see composite entry 1 sense 1b) herb (Tanacetum parthenium synonym Chrysanthemum parthenium) that has small white daisylike flowers with yellow centers, is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental, has become naturalized through much of North America, and has been used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of conditions (such as fever, migraine headaches, and menstrual cramps)

Examples of feverfew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The salve is made with oats and feverfew, a plant packed with antioxidants, that reverses dullness, dryness, and redness. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023 As for beneficial ingredients, prebiotic oat is a naturally soothing addition, calming redness and inflammation, and feverfew has also been shown to have antioxidant and protective effects on the skin3 when used in skincare. Sarah Bradley, Health, 8 Aug. 2023 Key Ingredients: This fast-absorption, lightweight cream is infused with prebiotic oat and feverfew to soothe and calm skin. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2023 Common side effects tend to be related to the digestive system.110 Plus, information about feverfew is similar to devil's claw regarding use while pregnant or breastfeeding.310 S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe): One of SAMe's potential use is osteoarthritis. Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2023 Heavy rains later caused these once vertical volunteers to arch over into an equally gorgeous combination alongside apricot-shaded rose ‘Dame Judi Dench’, apricot hummingbird mint, agastache ‘Kudos Mandarin,’ and the miniature white daisy-like blooms of feverfew. oregonlive, 3 July 2020 As for safety, feverfew seems similar to devil's claw. Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2023 This lightweight formula, with nourishing prebiotic oat and calming feverfew, moisturizes for 24 hours. Noel Cody, Essence, 25 June 2021 Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser gently cleanses and hydrates skin with nourishing oat and calming feverfew. Noel Cody, Essence, 25 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English feferfuge, from Late Latin febrifugia centaury — more at febrifuge

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feverfew was in the 15th century

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“Feverfew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feverfew. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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