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Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Verbascum of the figwort family, especially V. thapsus, naturalized in North America, having a tall spike of yellow flowers and leaves covered with dense woolly down.

[Middle English moleine, from Anglo-Norman, probably from mol, soft, from Latin mollis; see moil.]


(ˈmʌlɪn) or


(Plants) any of various European herbaceous plants of the scrophulariaceous genus Verbascum, such as V. thapsus (common mullein or Aaron's rod), typically having tall spikes of yellow flowers and broad hairy leaves. See also Aaron's rod
[C15: from Old French moleine, probably from Old French mol soft, from Latin mollis]


or mul•len

(ˈmʌl ən)

any of various plants belonging to the genus Verbascum, of the figwort family, native to the Old World.
[1325–75; Middle English moleine < Anglo-French, perhaps derivative of mol soft < Latin mollis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mullein - any of various plants of the genus Verbascum having large usually woolly leaves and terminal spikes of yellow or white or purplish flowersmullein - any of various plants of the genus Verbascum having large usually woolly leaves and terminal spikes of yellow or white or purplish flowers
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 Verbascum, Verbascum - genus of coarse herbs and subshrubs mostly with woolly leaves
moth mullein, Verbascum blattaria - European mullein with smooth leaves and large yellow or purplish flowers; naturalized as a weed in North America
Verbascum lychnitis, white mullein - densely hairy Eurasian herb with racemose white flowers; naturalized in North America
purple mullein, Verbascum phoeniceum - Eurasian mullein with showy purple or pink flowers
Aaron's rod, common mullein, flannel mullein, great mullein, Verbascum thapsus, woolly mullein, torch - tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
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She caught endless colds sitting on damp grass to book `delicious bit', composed of a stone, a stump, one mushroom, and a broken mullein stalk, or `a heavenly mass of clouds', that looked like a choice display of featherbeds when done.
said the scout, seating himself on a projection of the rock, and suffering his gun to fall neglected at his feet, "for the three quickest and truest rifles in these woods are no better than so many stalks of mullein, or the last year's horns of a buck
The neighbour ran, and in came a brisk little old lady in cap and specs, with a bundle of herbs under her arm, which she at once applied in all sorts of funny ways, explaining their virtues as she clapped a plantain poultice here, put a pounded catnip plaster there, or tied a couple of mullein leaves round the sufferer's throat.
I am no more lonely than a single mullein or dandelion in a pasture, or a bean leaf, or sorrel, or a horse-fly, or a bumblebee.
come and behold the prospect of skirting Ishmael; come and look nature boldly in the face, and not go sneaking any longer, among the prairie grass and mullein tops, like a gobbler nibbling for grasshoppers.
1] Here they struck into a long lane, straggling among trees and bushes very much overgrown with weeds and mullein stalks, as if but seldom used, and so completely overshadowed as to enjoy but a kind of twilight.
Down the wilder shrubbery walks foxgloves and mulleins will (I hope) shine majestic; and one cool corner, backed by a group of firs, is graced by Madonna lilies, white foxgloves, and columbines.
There's plenty there, though, telling even the casually curious about all the things mullein can cure, everything from aches and pains to respiratory ailments and gastric disorders.
Herbs that do well in an oxymel are strong herbs that you wouldn't really want to drink as tea; such as sage, thyme, horseradish, garlic, rosemary, basil, and mullein.
FY 20172018: Local streets to be reconstructed include: Green Forest Drive, Winter Forest Drive, Woodland Drive Admiral Avenue, Dorset Street, Cameo Avenue Oleander Lane, Bunchberry Drive, Cloverleaf Lane, Bellflower Drive, Mullein Lane Wedgwood Drive, Lynnhill Street, Tamworth Street, Rugby Street Swan Creek Drive, Fleetwood Drive, Blue Heron Street, Golden Eye Drive, Whistling Lane, Trumpeter Drive, Sandhill Lane, Hill An Brook Drive, Merryview Drive, Greenhill Street These projects include complete street and neighborhood enhancements such as improved crosswalk signage, pavement markings, street lighting and similar pedestrian safety improvements, which are part of the Natural Place to Move initiative.
After conceding a penalty the Crusaders were reduced to 12 men for 10 minutes as Callum Mullein was sent to the sin-bin.
Soft woods such as willows, cottonwoods, cedars, and yuccas work as a base, and mullein stalks, seep willows, or sunflower stems can be used as the plow.