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 (grŏm′wəl, -wĕl′)

[Alteration (probably influenced by speedwell) of Middle English gromil, from Old French : gro-, of unknown meaning + mil, millet (from Latin milium; see millet).]
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(Plants) any of various hairy plants of the boraginaceous genus Lithospermum, esp L. officinale, having small greenish-white, yellow, or blue flowers, and smooth nutlike fruits. See also puccoon1
[C13: from Old French gromil, from gres sandstone + mil millet, from Latin milium]
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Noun1.gromwell - European perennial branching plantgromwell - European perennial branching plant; occurs in hedgerows and at the edge of woodlands
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Lithospermum, Lithospermum - annual or perennial herbaceous or shrubby plants; cosmopolitan except Australia
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Preparation and properties of multi-functionalized cotton fabrics treated by extracts of gromwell and gallnut.
Identified crop weeds were corncockle (Agrostemma githago), cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), bromes (Bromus sp.) and corn gromwell (Lithospermum arvense), as well as ball-mustard (Neslia paniculata) (Fig.
Bethe also uncovers the medieval Japanese literary associations between different colors such as gromwell purple, which was "deep-rooted, enduring, lofty, and glowing," and safflower scarlet, which was fleeting and "bound to fade" (p.
Brown, M.P., Embertson, R.M., Gromwell, R.R., Beal, C, Mayhew, I.G., Curry, S.H.
Several studies have indicated the potential of plant-derived omega-3 PUFAs to resolve inflammation and to protect against inflammatory diseases, showing that an increased consumption of alpha-linolenic acid (mainly found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, and canola oil, also known as rapeseed oil) or stearidonic acid (mainly found in borage and borage seeds and in Corn Gromwell) tends to increase the proportion of EPA and DHA in membranes of inflammatory cells, including neutrophils, monocytes, and lymphocytes [5, 12-15].