Valerian meaning

və-lîrē-ən
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.
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The dried rhizomes of Valeriana officinalis, used medicinally as a sedative.
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Emperor of Rome (253–260) who, as coruler with his son Gallienus (c. 218–268), confronted invasions by the Goths and Persians. He was captured and killed by Persian forces (260).
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Any of a genus (Valeriana) of plants of the valerian family, with clusters or spikes of white, pink, red, or purplish flowers.
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A drug made from the dried rhizomes and roots of the garden heliotrope: used, esp. formerly, as a sedative and antispasmodic.
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Designating a family (Valerianaceae, order Dipsacales) of dicotyledonous plants, chiefly of the Northern Hemisphere, including corn salad and spikenard.
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(L. name Publius Licinius Valerianus) A.d. 190?-260; Rom. emperor (253-260)
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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.
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The dried rhizomes of Valeriana officinalis, used medicinally as a sedative.
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A hardy perennial flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
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More generally, any plant of the genus Valeriana.
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(uncountable) The root of Valeriana officinalis, used in herbal medicine.
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A Roman cognomen, notably borne by Publius Licinius Valerianus, a Roman emperor.
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A Russian male given name.
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Origin of valerian

  • Middle English from Old French valeriane from Medieval Latin valeriāna probably from feminine of Latin Valeriānus , of Valeria, Roman province where the plant originated

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

  • From Old French valeriane or mediaeval Latin valeriana, from the personal name Valerius.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Russian Валериа́н (Valerián).

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