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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).]
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(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]
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any plant, shrub, or small tree of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and spikes of small flowers.
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|Noun||1.||speedwell - 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
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