from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plant of the genus Valeriana, especially V. officinalis, native to Eurasia and widely cultivated for its small, fragrant, white to pink or lavender flowers and for use in medicine.
- n. The dried rhizomes of this plant, used medicinally as a sedative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hardy perennial flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
- n. More generally, any plant of the genus Valeriana.
- n. The root of Valeriana officinalis, used in herbal medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Valeriana.
- n. The rootstocks of the officinal valerian, or some preparation from them.
- Pertaining to any one of the name of Valerius
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers
Middle English, from Old French valeriane, from Medieval Latin valeriāna, probably from feminine of Latin Valeriānus, of Valeria, Roman province where the plant originated.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French valeriane or mediaeval Latin valeriana, from the personal name Valerius. (Wiktionary)