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[New Latin Achillēa, genus name, from Latin achillēa, variant of achillēos, a healing herb said to have been used by Achilles, probably yarrow (used as a hemostatic in traditional medicine), from Greek akhilleios, of Achilles, a healing herb used by Achilles to treat wounds, from Akhilleus, Achilles (famed for his knowledge of healing herbs, taught to him by Chiron).]
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[from Achilles, who was credited with discovering medicinal properties in the plant]
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|Noun||1.||achillea - any of several plants of the genus Achillea native to Europe and having small white flowers in flat-topped flower heads|
genus Achillea - perennial often aromatic and sometimes mat-forming herbs of north temperate regions: yarrow; milfoil
Achillea millefolium, milfoil, yarrow - ubiquitous strong-scented mat-forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America
Achillea ptarmica, sneezeweed yarrow, sneezewort - Eurasian herb having loose heads of button-shaped white flowers and long grey-green leaves that cause sneezing when powdered
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