- any of a genus (Stachys) of plants of the mint family, having spikes of white, yellow, or lavender flowers and formerly used in medicine
- wood betony
Origin of betonyMiddle English betonike ; from Old English betonice ; from Late Latin betonica, altered ; from Classical Latin vettonica, after the Vettones, an ancient Iberian people
Origin of betonyMiddle English, from Old French betoine, from Medieval Latin bet&omacron;nia, both from Latin vett&omacron;nica, probably from Vett&omacron;n&emacron;s, an ancient Iberian tribe.
- Stachys officinalis, an herb used in traditional European medicine.
From Middle English betayny, betanie, from Medieval Latin betōnia (possibly through Old French), from Latin betōnica or ve(t)tōnica, from Vettones, a people in Lusitania. Compare French bétoine.