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

  • n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Geum in the rose family, having often pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowers with many pistils.
  • n. The mountain avens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant of the genus Geum, especially Geum urbanum, or herb bennet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Geum, of the rose family, esp. Geum urbanum, or herb bennet. They may bear red, yellow, or white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular English name of species of plants of the genus Geum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various perennials of the genus Geum having usually pinnate basal leaves and variously colored flowers

Etymologies

Middle English avence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin avencia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "There was a trail of tiny black ants.... I flicked them off with a few stern swipes of my apron, and made a mental note to see about finding some avens root for repellent."
    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 263

    January 31, 2010