speedwell

noun

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speedwell was in 1578

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“Speedwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedwell. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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