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 sense 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 Sperry, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 21 Jan. 2012

3 plural vitexes : chaste tree sense 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 Lenz, Utne Reader, May/June 1999

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History and Etymology for vitex

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

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