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1. Any of various plants of the genus Verbena, chiefly of the Americas, that have opposite leaves and flowers with five-lobed corollas and are used medicinally or cultivated for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers. Also called vervain.
2. Any of several similar plants, such as the lemon verbena.
1. (Plants) any plant of the verbenaceous genus Verbena, chiefly of tropical and temperate America, having red, white, or purple fragrant flowers: much cultivated as garden plants. See also vervain
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants, esp the lemon verbena
[C16: via Medieval Latin, from Latin: sacred bough used by the priest in religious acts, vervain]
n., pl. -nas.
any plant of the genus Verbena, esp. any of several hybrid species cultivated for their showy flower clusters; vervain.
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin verbēna, Latin: leafy twig; see vervain]
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|Noun||1.||verbena - any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Verbena - type genus of the Verbenaceae; genus of herbaceous perennials and subshrubs