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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Veronica, Saint A woman of Jerusalem who gave Jesus her head-cloth to wipe his face as he bore the cross to Calvary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Plantaginaceae — many species of herbaceous plants, many with blue flowers, including speedwells.
  • proper n. A female given name.

Etymologies

Latin form of Berenice, influenced by the Church Latin phrase vera icon "true image" associated with the legend of Saint Veronica who wiped the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary. Or more probably from the ancient greek Φερενίκη "she who brings victory" (Wiktionary)

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