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Any of various usually aromatic plants of the genus Teucrium of the mint family, having purplish or reddish flowers.
[Middle English germandre, from Old French germandree, alteration of Medieval Latin germandrea, from Late Greek khamandrua, from Greek khamaidrūs : khamai, on the ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + drūs, oak; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) any of several plants of the genus Teucrium, esp T. chamaedrys (wall germander) of Europe, having two-lipped flowers with a very small upper lip: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C15: from Medieval Latin germandrea, from Late Greek khamandrua, from Greek khamaidrus, from khamai on the ground + drus oak tree]
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any plant or shrub of the genus Teucrium, of the mint family.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin germandr(e)a < Late Greek chamandryá]
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|Noun||1.||germander - any of various plants of the genus Teucrium|
genus Teucrium, Teucrium - large widely distributed genus of perennial herbs or shrubs or subshrubs; native to Mediterranean region to western Asia
American germander, Teucrium canadense, wood sage - subshrub with serrate leaves and cream-colored to pink or purple flowers in spikelike racemes; North America
Teucrium chamaedrys, wall germander - European perennial subshrub with red-purple or bright rose flowers with red and white spots
cat thyme, marum, Teucrium marum - Mediterranean germander having small hairy leaves and reddish purple flowers; attractive to cats
Teucrium scorodonia, wood sage - European germander with one-sided racemes of yellow flowers; naturalized in North America
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