Mullein definition

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Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Verbascum of the figwort family, especially V. thapsus, naturalized in North America, having a tall spike of yellow flowers and leaves covered with dense woolly down.
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Any of a genus (Verbascum) of tall plants of the figwort family, with spikes of yellow, lavender, or white flowers.
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Any of several European and Asian plants, of the genus Verbascum, that have yellow flowers and downy leaves; the velvet plant.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of mullein - mullen

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mullein
Plural:
mulleins

Origin of mullein

  • Middle English moleine from Anglo-Norman probably from mol soft from Latin mollis moil

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

  • 14th century; Middle English moleyne, from Anglo-Norman moleine, from mol "˜soft'. The name evokes the plant's fluffy, downy leaves, also apparent in synonyms, such as feltwort, flannel leaf, and velvet plant.

    From Wiktionary