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 (ăk′ə-lē′ə, ə-kĭl′ē-ə)
See yarrow.

[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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(Plants) any plant of the N temperate genus Achillea, with white, yellow, or purple flowers, some species of which are widely grown as garden plants: family Asteraceae (composites). See also sneezewort, yarrow
[from Achilles, who was credited with discovering medicinal properties in the plant]
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Noun1.achillea - any of several plants of the genus Achillea native to Europe and having small white flowers in flat-topped flower headsachillea - 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
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Achillea millefolium, or common yarrow, can be used to induce sweating and stop wounds bleeding
THE sweet flat-topped flowers of common yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, will be a magnet for bees, butterflies and other pollinators by mid-summer.
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Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) can be an aggressive grower that spreads.
Store manager John Achillea had stated that they were expecting 40,000 to 45,000 people.
In this sequel to Valiant (Penguin Random House, 2017/VOYA February 2017), Fallon, her sister, and the Ludus Achillea teammates are on the brink of true freedom; however, there are secret plots and political intrigues against Julius Caesar.
Whereas pattern of concentration of these anti-nutritional/ insect repellant/ biochemical deterrent attributes for remaining six plant species were Carthamus oxicantha > Centaurea iberica > Echinops griffithiamus > Conyza bonarensis > Acroptilon repens > Achillea welhemsii.
ACHILLEA 'MOONSHINE' Achillea, or yarrow as it is commonly known, is in full swing this week.
ACHILLEA 'MOONSHINE' a of Achillea, or yarrow as it is commonly known, is in full swing this week.
| Achillea - A really old-fashioned plant in my eyes and utterly reliable.
The genus Achillea, consisting of 140 perennial herbs, which is used traditionally in Middle Eastern countries, for treating digestive problems, diseases of liver and gallbladder, menstrual irregularities, cramps, fever, and for healing wounds.