Wayfaring-tree meaning

A deciduous Eurasian shrub (Viburnum lantana) having flat clusters of white flowers and fruits that turn from red to black.
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A much-branched European shrub of large size, Viburnum lantana, with dense cymes of small white flowers, the foliage and young shoots thickly covered with soft mealy down.
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Origin of wayfaring-tree

  • Short for wayfaring man's tree (perhaps from the fact that it frequently grows in hedgerows and provides shade)

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

  • Coined c. 1597 by John Gerard, English herbalist

    From Wiktionary