mul·​lein | \ ˈmə-lən How to pronounce mullein (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mullen

Definition of mullein

: any of a genus (Verbascum) of usually woolly-leaved Eurasian herbs of the snapdragon family including some that are naturalized in North America

Examples of mullein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Commonly known as moth mullein for its antenna-like stamens, this species was introduced to North America in the 1800s and lives an unassuming life in fields and meadows. Cara Giaimo New York, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Early European settlers used common mullein seeds to paralyze fish. Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2020 Today, mullein leaves are occasionally used to fashion insoles for weary hikers. Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2020 Throughout history, mullein has been used by just about everybody for just about everything. Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2020 On a walk Lynx found some deer scat and handed it out, and a bit of stringy inner bark too, some dead limbs, mullein stalks. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mullein

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mullein

Middle English moleyne, from Anglo-French moleine

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“Mullein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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