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In Christian tradition, a woman of Jerusalem who gave Jesus her head cloth to wipe his face as he bore the cross to Calvary.
[New Latin Veronica, genus name.]
a. According to popular legend, an image of the face of Jesus as impressed on the cloth offered to him by Saint Veronica on the road to Calvary.
b. The cloth itself.
2. A cloth bearing a representation of Jesus's face.
[Medieval Latin, perhaps alteration of vēra īconica, true image : Latin vēra, feminine of vērus, true; see very + Latin īconica, feminine of īconicus, of an image (from Greek eikonikos, from eikōn, image; see icon).]
A maneuver in bullfighting in which the matador stands with both feet fixed in position and swings the cape slowly away from the charging bull.
[Spanish, from veronica, the veronica (from the gesture Saint Veronica made), from Medieval Latin; see veronica2.]
(Plants) any scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Veronica, esp the speedwells, of temperate and cold regions, having small blue, pink, or white flowers and flattened notched fruits
[C16: from Medieval Latin, perhaps from the name Veronica]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the representation of the face of Christ that, according to legend, was miraculously imprinted upon the headcloth that Saint Veronica offered him on his way to his crucifixion
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the cloth itself
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any similar representation of Christ's face
(Bullfighting) bullfighting a pass in which the matador slowly swings the cape away from the charging bull
[from Spanish, from the name Veronica]
ve•ron•i•ca1(vəˈrɒn ɪ kə)
n., pl. -cas. (sometimes cap.)
a. a handkerchief said to have been given to Christ while on the way to Calvary by St. Veronica and to have borne the image of His face thereafter.
b. the image itself.
2. any handkerchief, veil, or cloth bearing a representation of the face of Christ.
[1690–1700; < Medieval Latin veronica]
ve•ron•i•ca2(vəˈrɒn ɪ kə)
n., pl. -cas.
any plant of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and clusters of small flowers.
[1520–30; < New Latin or Medieval Latin, perhaps after St. Veronica]
ve•ron•i•ca3(vəˈrɒn ɪ kə)
n., pl. -cas.
(in bullfighting) a pass in which the matador keeps his legs absolutely still while slowly swinging the open cape away from the charging bull.
[1925–30; < Sp]
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|Noun||1.||veronica - 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