- any of a genus (Valeriana) of plants of the valerian family, with clusters or spikes of white, pink, red, or purplish flowers
- a drug made from the dried rhizomes and roots of the garden heliotrope: used, esp. formerly, as a sedative and antispasmodic
Origin of valerianMiddle English ; from Middle French valériane ; from Medieval Latin valeriana, valerian, probably after Valeria, province in Pannonia, where the plants were grown
- Any of several plants of the family Valerianaceae, especially Valeriana officinalis, native to Eurasia and widely cultivated for its small, fragrant, white to pink or lavender flowers and for use in medicine.
- The dried rhizomes of Valeriana officinalis, used medicinally as a sedative.
Origin of valerianMiddle English, from Old French valeriane, from Medieval Latin valeriana, probably from feminine of Latin Valerianus, of Valeria, Roman province where the plant originated.
Originally Publius Licinius Valerianus. Died c. AD 260.
- a Roman cognomen, notably borne by Publius Licinius Valerianus, a Roman emperor
- A Russian male given name
From Russian Ð’Ð°Ð»ÐµÑ€Ð¸Ð°ÌÐ½ (ValeriÃ¡n).