from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various hairy perennial Eurasian herbs of the genus Symphytum, especially S. officinale, having variously colored flowers in coiled cymes and long used in herbal medicine. Also called healing herb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several species of perennial herbs of the genus Symphytum, often specifically Symphytum officinale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rough, hairy, perennial plant of several species, of the genus Symphytum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to several European and Asiatic plants of the genus Symphytum, natural order Boraginaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas
- n. leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked
Middle English comferi, from Old French cumfirie, from Vulgar Latin *cōnfervia, from Latin cōnferva, from cōnfervēre, to boil together : com-, com- + fervēre, to boil; see fervent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin cumfiria; this was possibly from earlier Latin conferva, an aquatic herb mentioned in Pliny. (Wiktionary)