Verbena meaning

vər-bē'nə
Any of various plants of the genus Verbena, chiefly of the Americas, that have opposite leaves and flowers with five-lobed corollas and are used medicinally or cultivated for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers.
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Any of several similar plants, such as the lemon verbena.
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Any of a genus (Verbena) of plants of the verbena family, with spikes or clusters of showy red, white, or purplish flowers, widely grown for ornament.
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Designating a family (Verbenaceae, order Lamiales) of American, mostly tropical, dicotyledonous plants, shrubs, and trees, including vervain, lantana, and teak.
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Verbena, a genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Verbenaceae "” the vervains.
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Origin of verbena

  • Latin verbēna sacred foliage wer-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin verbena (“leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies"), from Proto-Indo-European *werbh (see also Lithuanian virbas (“twig, branch, scion, rod")), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.
    From Wiktionary