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av·ens

 (ăv′ənz)
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.]

avens

(ˈævɪnz)
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]

av•ens

(ˈæv ɪnz)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avens - any of various perennials of the genus Geum having usually pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowersavens - any of various perennials of the genus Geum having usually pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowers
genus Geum, Geum - avens
Geum alleppicum strictum, Geum strictum, yellow avens - erect subshrub with deep yellow flowers; Europe and Asia and North America
Geum canadense, white avens, bennet - North American white-flowered avens
Geum macrophyllum, yellow avens - hairy yellow-flowered plant of eastern 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
bennet, Geum virginianum, white avens - avens of Virginia having pale or greenish yellow flowers
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
References in classic literature ?
and so down I plumped on the lift side of her leddyship, to be aven with the willain.
Aven them cursed millaishy, the Lord forgive me for swearing, that was the death of him, wid their cowardice, would have carried the day in old times.
Best of the Bunch Avens THE old vernacular name for Geum is Avens but you will have to look it up in a wild flower book to see it highlighted these days.