feverfew

noun
fe·​ver·​few | \ ˈfē-vər-ˌfyü How to pronounce feverfew (audio) \

Definition of feverfew

: 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 Flora Bee farm opened in 2019 and grows more than 100 varieties of flowers, including zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, yarrow, feverfew, statice, veronica, sunflowers and more. Linnea Covington, The Know, "For your next Colorado bouquet, try a flower CSA, pick-your-own farm (or winery!) or mobile flower shop," 24 July 2020 Orange / Yellow / Peach Sweet peas, feverfew, and ranunculus are all this bouquet really needs. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Migraine sufferers should take caution when using herbal treatments such as butterbur and feverfew due to potential side effects and interactions with some medications. Washington Post, "Her anti-migraine hacks include avoiding red wine and wearing sunglasses 365 days a year," 6 Nov. 2019 Allison plans on bringing fo-ti, which some believe provides anti-cancer benefits; feverfew, commonly used to prevent migraine headaches; California poppy, which some say helps with insomnia; and hoja santa, a staple in Mexican cuisine. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Share white sage, lemon verbena, mint and more at this L.A. herb swap," 20 June 2018 In the evening, use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as argan oil, green tea, feverfew and aloe. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to choose a skin cleanser," 18 June 2018 Here Nan grows rosemary, lavender, fennel, feverfew and poppies, along with food. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "Meandering gardens and a flock of sheep are part of the charm at this Whidbey Island farm," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of feverfew

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feverfew

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

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“Feverfew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feverfew. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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