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[Middle English verveine, from Old French, from Latin verbēna, leafage; see verbena.]


(Plants) any of several verbenaceous plants of the genus Verbena, having square stems and long slender spikes of purple, blue, or white flowers
[C14: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbēna sacred bough; see verbena]


(ˈvɜr veɪn)

any verbena, esp. one with small flowers on spikes.
[1350–1400; Middle English vervaine < Anglo-French, Middle French verveine < Latin verbēna leafy twig, holy bough carried by priests]
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Noun1.vervain - any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowersvervain - 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
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A fisherman, it is true, had noticed her little footprints in the sand, as he went homeward along the beach with a basket of fish; a rustic had seen the child stooping to gather flowers; several persons had heard either the rattling of chariot wheels, or the rumbling of distant thunder; and one old woman, while plucking vervain and catnip, had heard a scream, but supposed it to be some childish nonsense, and therefore did not take the trouble to look up.
The woman, who needed intensive care in hospital, had ingested a mixture of herbs and alternative remedies including milk thistle, molkosan, I-theanine, glutamine, vitamin B compound, vervain and valerian root.
The number of them is beyond calculation, but a few that we have used are as follows: hops, passion flower, valerian, vervain, jujube, St.
Derek, now 70, sang the theme tune and provided the voiceover for Heads and Tails, and also voiced Vervain and Chervil in Watership Down in 1978.
Stefan reveals that he took vervain, so Damon couldn't compel him.
However, at one particular seep (lower down the hillslope and with more soil) the colony had disappeared, and invasive species (bull thistle Cirsium vulgare, rye grass Festuca, vervain Verbena) predominated.
These included switchgrass, annual sunflower, white and purple prairie clover (Dalea candida, Daleapurpurea), Rocky Mountain bee plant, hoary vervain (Verbena stricta), sand lovegrass, and alkali sacaton (Sporobolus airoides).
Verbena is another great performer - the Argentinian vervain, Verbena bonariensis, is valued for its tall, branching stems topped with clusters of pretty purple flowers.
roots bark Stachytarpheta Bastard Kabirobiro leaves famaicensis vervain L.
Brassicaceae), Coulter's horseweed, Laennecia coulteri (Asteraceae), golden crownbeard, Verbesina encelioides (Asteraceae), scrambled eggs, Corydalis aurea (Papaveraceae), velvet weed, Oenothera curtiflora (Onagraceae), silverleaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium (Solanaceae), copper globemallow, Sphaeralcea angustifolia (Malvaceae), trailing windmills, Allionia incarnata (Nyctanginaceae), and Dakota mock vervain, Glandularia bipinnatifida (Verbenaceae).
According to the Guinness World Records there isn't a category for the smallest chicken egg, only for the smallest bird egg, which is currently held by the the Vervain hummingbird of Jamaica, which lays eggs just 10mm long.