Feverfew meaning

fēvər-fyo͝o
An aromatic plant (Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium) native to Eurasia, having clusters of buttonlike, white-rayed flower heads and used as an herbal medicine primarily to treat migraine headaches.
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A bushy plant (Chrysanthemum parthenium) of the composite family, with finely divided foliage and flowers with white florets around a yellow disk.
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An aromatic plant (Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium) native to Eurasia, having clusters of buttonlike, white-rayed flower heads and used as an herbal medicine primarily to treat migraine headaches.
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A European aromatic perennial herb, Tanacetum parthenium (Chrysanthemum parthenium or Pyrethrum parthenium), having daisy-like flowers; valued as a traditional medicine especially for headaches.
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Origin of feverfew

  • Middle English feverfu from Old English feferfuge and from Anglo-Norman fevrefue both from Late Latin febrifugia febris fever fuga flight

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Through Old French fevrefue, from Latin febrifugia, from febris (“fever”) + fugō (“I drive away”). If directly from Latin, the latter part of the word was changed to "few" due to unfamiliarity with the element -fuge.

    From Wiktionary