vitex

noun vi·tex \ ˈvīˌteks \

Definition of vitex

1 Vitex :a large genus of chiefly tropical shrubs and trees (family Verbenaceae) having divided leaves and forking cymes of small flowers with a short tube and bilabiate limb
2 plural vitexes :any plant of the genus Vitex; especially :chaste tree 1
  • These are plants we should ask nurseries to grow for us again. We proved with vitex that demand could ensure a steady supply.
  • —Neil SperryFort Worth Star Telegram21 Jan. 2012
3 plural vitexes :chaste tree 2
  • He guides them through a careful six-month transition, slowly shifting the balance from drugs to herbs such as vitex and black cohosh.
  • —Erika LenzUtne ReaderMay/June 1999

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Origin and Etymology of vitex

New Latin Vitic-, Vitex, from Latin, chaste tree


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