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n. pl. avens
Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Geum in the rose family, having often pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowers with many pistils. Also called geum.
[Middle English avence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin avencia.]
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n (functioning as singular) , pl -ens
1. (Plants) any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowers. See also herb bennet
2. (Botany) any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowers. See also herb bennet
3. (Plants) mountain avens either of two trailing evergreen white-flowered rosaceous shrubs of the genus Dryas that grow on mountains in N temperate regions and in the Arctic
[C15: from Old French avence, from Medieval Latin avencia variety of clover]
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n., pl. -ens.
any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.
[1200–50; Middle English avence < Old French < Medieval Latin avencia kind of clover]
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|Noun||1.||avens - any of various perennials of the genus Geum having usually pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowers|
Geum alleppicum strictum, Geum strictum, yellow avens - erect subshrub with deep yellow flowers; Europe and Asia and North America
chocolate root, Geum rivale, Indian chocolate, water avens, purple avens - erect perennial of north temperate zone having pinnate leaves and a few nodding flowers with a brown-purple calyx and orange and pink petals
Geum triflorum, prairie smoke, purple avens - North American perennial with hairy basal pinnate leaves and purple flowers and plume-tipped fruits
cloveroot, clover-root, Geum urbanum, herb bennet, wood avens - hairy Eurasian plant with small yellow flowers and an astringent root formerly used medicinally
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