scrophularia

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

Definition of scrophularia

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant or flower of the genus Scrophularia

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Origin and Etymology of 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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