- 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 betōnia both from Latin vettōnica probably from Vettōnēs , 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.