wood·​ruff | \ ˈwu̇d-(ˌ)rəf How to pronounce woodruff (audio) \

Definition of woodruff

1 : any of a genus (Asperula) of Old World herbs of the madder family

Examples of woodruff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than relying on after-the-fact syrups, their Waldmeister is conditioned on woodruff, while the Himbeer is fermented with raspberries. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Then, there's a popsicle made of woodruff, coriander, Spanish chervil and sorrel. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, 13 Mar. 2018 Created by stonemason Eddie Foisy, a circular walkway takes you to a miniature medieval castle surrounded by fairy portals, a magic diorama enveloped in a bank of lush hosta, ferns and sweet woodruff. Mary Ellen Fillo, courant.com, 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of woodruff

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for woodruff

Middle English woderove, from Old English wudurofe, from wudu wood + -rofe (of unknown origin)

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“Woodruff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodruff. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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