any of a genus (Asperula) of plants of the madder family, with small, white, pink, or blue, lily-shaped flowers; esp., a European species (A. odorata) used to flavor wine and in perfumery
Origin of woodruffMiddle English woderove ; from Old English wudurofe ; from wudu, wood + -rofe ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Any of various plants of the genus Asperula, having whorled leaves and small funnel-shaped flowers.
- The cultivated plant sweet woodruff, formerly classified in the genus Asperula.
Origin of woodruffMiddle English woderofe, from Old English wudurofe : wudu, wood + -rofe, of unknown meaning.
(countable and uncountable, plural woodruffs)
- Galium odoratum, an aromatic herb.