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).