valerian

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noun va·le·ri·an \və-ˈlir-ē-ən\

Definition of valerian

  1. 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. 2 :  a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) used especially formerly as a carminative and sedative

Origin and Etymology of valerian

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


Valerian

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biographical name Va·le·ri·an \və-ˈlir-ē-ən\

Definition of Valerian

  1. died a.d. 260 Publius Licinius Valerianus Roman emperor (253–260)


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valerian

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noun va·le·ri·an \və-ˈlir-ē-ən\

Medical Definition of valerian

  1. 1:  any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs many of which possess medicinal properties

  2. 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


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