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1. Any of various plants of the genus Asperula, having whorled leaves and small funnel-shaped flowers.
2. The cultivated plant sweet woodruff, formerly classified in the genus Asperula.
[Middle English woderofe, from Old English wudurofe : wudu, wood + -rofe, of unknown meaning.]
(Plants) any of several rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, esp G. odoratum (sweet woodruff), of Eurasia, which has small sweet-scented white flowers and whorls of narrow fragrant leaves used to flavour wine and liqueurs and in perfumery
[Old English wudurofe, from wood1 + rōfe, related to Old High German ruoba, Middle Low German rōve (beet)root, Latin rēpere to creep]
wood•ruff(ˈwʊd rəf, -ˌrʌf)
any of several plants of the genus Asperula, of the madder family, as A. odorata, a fragrant plant with small white flowers.
[before 1000; Middle English woderove, Old English wudurofe, wudurife=wudu wood1 + -rofe, -rife, of uncertain meaning]
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|Noun||1.||woodruff - Old World fragrant stoloniferous perennial having small white flowers and narrow leaves used as flavoring and in sachets; widely cultivated as a ground cover; in some classifications placed in genus Asperula|
May wine - a punch made of Moselle and sugar and sparkling water or champagne flavored with sweet woodruff
bedstraw - any of several plants of the genus Galium
|2.||woodruff - any plant of the genus Asperula|
Asperula tinctoria, dyer's woodruff - creeping European perennial having red or pinkish-white flowers and red roots sometimes used as a substitute for madder in dyeing