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

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Recent Examples on the Web Early European settlers used common mullein seeds to paralyze fish. Popular Science, "Nature’s best toilet paper substitutes," 28 Mar. 2020 Today, mullein leaves are occasionally used to fashion insoles for weary hikers. Popular Science, "Nature’s best toilet paper substitutes," 28 Mar. 2020 Throughout history, mullein has been used by just about everybody for just about everything. Popular Science, "Nature’s best toilet paper substitutes," 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, "How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World," 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 19 Apr. 2021.

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