germander

noun

ger·​man·​der (ˌ)jər-ˈman-dər How to pronounce germander (audio)
: any of a genus (Teucrium) of plants of the mint family with flowers having four projecting stamens, a short corolla tube, and a prominent lower lip

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Just left of the gate opening, a germander sports tiny flowers of a pale blue that recurs in potted plants elsewhere in the garden. Catherine Romano, WSJ, 12 July 2019 They were often edged with small barriers such as low wattle fences made with pliant branches, or tiny living hedges of germander and trimmed boxwood. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 31 Mar. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, ultimately from Greek chamaidrys, from chamai on the ground + drys tree — more at humble entry 1, tree entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Germander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germander. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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