valerian

noun

va·​le·​ri·​an və-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce valerian (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs and shrubs many of which possess medicinal properties
2
: a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) used especially formerly as a carminative and sedative

Examples of valerian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For these reasons, in its 2017 practice guidelines, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommended against using valerian for insomnia. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 Most of the studies covering valerian use the capsule form compared to the teas. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2023 Field after field frothed with wildflowers — poppies, pink valerian, thistle — all swaying in the wake of the speeding supercars like fans at a rock concert. Nicole Trilivas, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 My doctor recommended the herbal supplement valerian. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2020 Tidy boxwood hedging outlines the spring display and provides a framework for later waves of allium and lilies that bloom companionably among the roses, valerian, yarrow and other summer perennials in the small but striking space. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, 13 Apr. 2019 Out of the natural or herbal supplements available (including chamomile and lavender), valerian has the most studies supporting its sleep-inducing effects, Dr. Bollu says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2019 Common over-the-counter sleeping medications have one of four ingredients: melatonin, diphenhydramine, doxylamine, or valerian. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, 28 Nov. 2018 In these studies, the benefits were most pronounced when people used valerian for extended periods of time, as opposed to simply taking it for one night. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, 11 Nov. 2010

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French valeriane, borrowed from Medieval Latin valeriana, of obscure origin

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of valerian was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Valerian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valerian. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

valerian

noun
va·​le·​ri·​an və-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce valerian (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs many of which possess medicinal properties
2
: a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) that is used as an herbal remedy and is held to be beneficial in treating nervousness and insomnia

called also valerian root

Biographical Definition

Valerian

biographical name

Va·​le·​ri·​an və-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce Valerian (audio)
died a.d. 260 Publius Licinius Valerianus Roman emperor (253–260)

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