yar·​row | \ ˈyer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce yarrow (audio) , ˈya-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of yarrow

: a widely naturalized strong-scented Eurasian composite herb (Achillea millefolium) with finely dissected leaves and small usually white corymbose flowers also : any of several congeneric plants

Examples of yarrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coulter also likes mixing swaths of ornamental grass, like blue fescue, with native Salvia, which adds height. Harnish, meanwhile, likes to mix perennial grass Berkeley sedge with ‘Munstead’ English lavender and common yarrow. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 There are blue sage and yarrow and mallow and tobacco and oregano and marjoram. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 This one is made with a combination of cleansing white sage, calming lavender, loving rose, and healing rose-hips and yarrow. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 Mar. 2021 Some perennials, such a coneflower and yarrow, revel in bright sun from morning until night while others, such as astilbe and old-fashioned bleeding heart, do best in afternoon shade. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 June 2020 Take yarrow, for example, a plant that the Greek hero Achilles is said to have used to treat his soldiers’ wounds during the battle of Troy. National Geographic, 18 May 2020 Cedar Rose Bulltail survived by selling handmade beadwork at indigenous art fairs, cooking fry bread for neighbors and making yarrow balm in the kitchen of her tiny rural home with no running water on the Crow Reservation. Simon Romero, New York Times, 11 May 2020 Sunflower, yarrow, billy balls, and witch hazel are also sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Goldenrods, daisies, alfalfa, and yarrow will attract these helpful bugs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2016 See More

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First Known Use of yarrow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yarrow

Middle English yarowe, from Old English gearwe; akin to Old High German garwa yarrow

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“Yarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yarrow. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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