chaste treechaste tree
Any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Vitex, especially two cultivated species (V. agnus-castus and V. negundo) having aromatic, palmately compound leaves and clusters of usually lilac flowers.
Origin of chaste treePartial translation of Medieval Latin agnus castus : Greek agnos, chaste tree (of unknown origin, but associated by folk etymology with Greek hagnos, pure, since it was strewn in bedchambers during Greek religious festivals requiring sexual abstinence ) + Latin castus, chaste.
(plural chaste trees)
- A shrub native to the Mediterranean region (Vitex agnus-castus).