ver·​vain | \ ˈvər-ˌvān How to pronounce vervain (audio) \

Definition of vervain

: any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of chiefly American plants having bracted spicate flowers, a corolla with a 5-lobed limb, and a fruit that separates into four nutlets

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Recent Examples on the Web Joe-Pye weed, boneset and blue vervain bloom nicely in wetlands. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Blue vervain has been a really powerful ally for friends on the frontlines, especially for organizers. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 6 Aug. 2020 Wildflowers and shady pines (Photo: Mare Czinar/Special for The Republic) Watch for swarms of butterflies and bees drawing nectar from Butter and Eggs flowers, New Mexican vervain and field bindweed blooms. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 5 July 2018 In the garden, blue vervain plants attract butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators., 16 May 2017 Sun: Full Soil moisture: Average to moist Height: Four to six feet Deer resistant: Yes Comments: Blue vervain is a traditional medicinal herb, with the roots, leaves or flowers used to treat conditions., 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of vervain

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vervain

Middle English verveine "the plant Verbena officinalis," borrowed from Anglo-French vervenne, verveyne, going back to Latin verbēna "leafy branch used ceremonially or medicinally," going back to *verbes-na, derivative of an s-stem noun *verbes-, whence Latin verbera (plural) "bundle of sticks used for flogging, blows"; akin to Croatian & Serbian vŕba "willow," Lithuanian virbas "twig, rod"

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“Vervain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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ver·​vain | \ ˈvər-ˌvān How to pronounce vervain (audio) \

Medical Definition of vervain

: any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of plants including several (as V. hastata) formerly used as medicinal herbs


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