from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Verbascum, especially V. thapsus, a tall plant having closely clustered yellow flowers and leaves covered with dense woolly down. Also called flannel leaf, velvet plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several European and Asian plants, of the genus Verbascum, that have yellow flowers and downy leaves; the velvet plant
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the genus Verbascum. They are tall herbs having coarse leaves, and large flowers in dense spikes. The common species, with densely woolly leaves, is Verbascum Thapsus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Verbascum having large usually woolly leaves and terminal spikes of yellow or white or purplish flowers
Middle English moleine, from Anglo-Norman, probably from mol, soft, from Latin mollis; see moil.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
14th century; Middle English moleyne, from Anglo-Norman moleine, from mol ‘soft’. The name evokes the plant's fluffy, downy leaves, also apparent in synonyms, such as feltwort, flannel leaf, and velvet plant. (Wiktionary)