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Any of various plants of the genus Veronica of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and clusters of small, usually blue flowers. Also called veronica.

[From archaic speed well, farewell, Godspeed (to you) : speed + well (from the fact that the flowers of V. chamaedrys wilt and fall off soon after being picked).]


(Plants) any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
[C16: from speed + well1]



any plant, shrub, or small tree of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and spikes of small flowers.
[1570–80; speed + well1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speedwell - any plant of the genus Veronicaspeedwell - any plant of the genus Veronica  
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Veronica - widespread genus of herbs with pink or white or blue or purple flowers: speedwell
field speedwell, Veronica agrestis - European plant with minute axillary blue flowers on long stalks; widely naturalized in America
corn speedwell, Veronica arvensis - erect or procumbent blue-flowered annual found in waste places of Europe and America
bird's eye, germander speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys - Old World plant with axillary racemes of blue-and-white flowers
common speedwell, gypsyweed, Veronica officinalis - common hairy European perennial with pale blue or lilac flowers in axillary racemes
purslane speedwell, Veronica peregrina - North American annual with small white flowers widely naturalized as a weed in South America and Europe
thyme-leaved speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia - perennial decumbent herb having small opposite leaves and racemes of blue flowers; throughout Eurasia and the New World


[ˈspiːdwel] N (Bot) → verónica f
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They spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and pleas, with Kee pleading not guilty and Tomlin, 28, of Speedwell Drive, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, electing not to enter a plea.
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