scrophularia

noun
scroph·​u·​lar·​ia | \ ˌskräfyəˈla(a)rēə, -rȯf- \

Definition of scrophularia

1 capitalized : a large genus (the type of the family Scrophulariaceae) of coarse often strong-smelling perennial herbs that are native to temperate regions and have terminal clusters of small flowers with a gibbous corolla consisting of four erect lobes and one spreading lip, four anthers, and one staminodium
2 plural -s : any plant or flower of the genus Scrophularia

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History and Etymology for scrophularia

New Latin, from Medieval Latin scrofula, scrophula scrofula + New Latin -aria; from the supposed efficacy of such plants in the treatment of scrofula

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“Scrophularia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrophularia. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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