vitex

noun vi·tex \ˈvīˌteks\

Definition of vitex

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

  3. 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 Lenz, Utne Reader, May/June 1999

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Origin and Etymology of vitex

New Latin Vitic-, Vitex, from Latin, chaste tree — more at withy


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