Origin of comfreyMiddle English and amp; 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
Origin of comfreyMiddle English comferi, from Old French cumfirie, from Vulgar Latin *c&omacron;nfervia, from Latin c&omacron;nferva, from c&omacron;nferv&emacron;re, to boil together : com-, com- + ferv&emacron;re, 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.