speed·​well | \ ˈspēd-ˌwel How to pronounce speedwell (audio) \

Definition of speedwell

: a perennial European herb (Veronica officinalis) of the snapdragon family that is naturalized in North America and has small bluish flowers in axillary racemes broadly : veronica

Examples of speedwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This link from University of California gives more information about Persian speedwell. OregonLive.com, "How to control bindweed, transplant camellia: Ask an expert," 6 Apr. 2018 Another weed with blue flowers sometimes confused with henbit is Persian speedwell (Veronica persica). Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Winter annual weeds ready to bloom, spread," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of speedwell

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Speedwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedwell. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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