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
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
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

Word History


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

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“Vitex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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