any of a genus (Symphytum) of European plants of the borage family, with rough, hairy leaves and small blue, purplish, or yellow flowers, sometimes used for forage or ornament
Origin of comfreyMiddle English and Old French confirie from Vulgar Latin an unverified form confervia, comfrey, for Classical Latin conferva, a water plant from confervere, to heal, grow together, origin, originally , to seethe, boil together from com-, with + fervere, to boil (see fervent): from its use in medicine to coagulate blood at a wound
Any of various hairy perennial Eurasian herbs of the genus Symphytum, especially S. officinale, having variously colored flowers in coiled cymes and long used in herbal medicine.
Origin of comfreyMiddle English comferi from Old French cumfirie from Vulgar Latin cōnfervia from Latin cōnferva from cōnfervēre to boil together com- com- fervēre to boil ; see fervent .
(countable and uncountable, plural comfreys)
- Any of several species of perennial herbs of the genus Symphytum, often specifically Symphytum officinale.
From Medieval Latin cumfiria; this was possibly from earlier Latin conferva, an aquatic herb mentioned in Pliny.