Definition of stachys
1 capitalized : a large and widely distributed genus of herbs (family Labiatae) having five nearly equal calyx teeth, divergent anther cells, and rounded nutlets — see hedge nettle
2 plural -es : any plant of the genus Stachys
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Origin and Etymology of stachys
New Latin, from Greek, ear of grain, base horehound — more at sting
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