woodruff

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noun wood·ruff \ˈwu̇d-(ˌ)rəf\

Definition of woodruff

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

  2. 2 :  sweet woodruff

Origin and Etymology of woodruff

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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