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 Today, mullein leaves are occasionally used to fashion insoles for weary hikers. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Six Best Toilet Paper Substitutes from Nature," 20 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 There is also a blanket of turkey mullein or doveweed, a pale green, furry, low growing native plant that provides dove with a good source of seed. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wet winter brings variety of visitors to garden," 3 Aug. 2019 Another biennial introduced by settlers that grows wild in our area is common mullein. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Some non-native weeds flourish in Idaho," 31 May 2017 Plants especially susceptible to fasciation include ferns, willow trees, delphiniums, foxgloves, forsythia, euphorbias, lilies, primulas and verbascums such as the mullein. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Some non-native weeds flourish in Idaho," 31 May 2017 Native to Turkey, silver mullein starts out with large, white furry leaves that form neat low-growing rosettes. Debbie Arrington,, "Silver mullein shines in low-water garden," 5 May 2017

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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 Apr. 2020.

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