American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Veronica, having opposite leaves and clusters of small, usually blue flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Veronica, especially V. Chamædrys, an herb with creeping and ascending stems, and racemes of bright-blue flowers, whence it has received in Great Britain such fanciful names as angel's-eyes, bird's-eye, god's-eye, and eyebright. Also called germander-speedwell. The corolla falls quickly when the plant is gathered. The common speedwell is V. officinalis, which has been considered diaphoretic, etc., but is now no longer used in medicine. The thyme-leafed speedwell, V. serpylli-folia, is a very common little wayside herb with erect stems from a creeping base, and small white or bluish flowers with deeper stripes. Other species have special names, V. Anagallis being the water-speedwell, V. scutellata the marsh-speedwell, V. peregrina the purslane-speedwell or neckweed, V. arvensis the corn-speedwell, V. agrestis the field-speed well, and V. hederæfolia the ivy-leafed speedwell. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Veronica, mostly low herbs with pale blue corollas, which quickly fall off.
- n. any plant of the genus Veronica
- speed + well (Wiktionary)
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“Oriental cockroach, lately imported; and Mr. Brewer observed with joy in his garden at Reigate the blue Buxbaum speedwell, which is now the acknowledged and hated pest of the Surrey agriculturist.”
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“Around the fresh soil of the grave are a profusion of wild irises, speedwell, and a cluster of tiny blue flowers whose name escapes me although I have seen them before.”
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