American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See verbena.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several weedy plants of the genus Verbena, primarily V. officinalis, widely dispersed in warm and temperate regions in both hemispheres. It is a plant a foot or two high, with spreading wiry branches, and very small flowers in slender racemes. It had sacred associations with the Druids, as indeed among the Romans; it has been worn as an amulet, held to be serviceable to witches and against them, used in love-philters, and credited with virtue against a variety of diseases. In Christian times it became associated with the cross, whence much of its repute. It is also called Juno's-tears, holy-herb, herb-of-grace or herb of the cross, and pigeon's-yrass. (See
pigeon's-grass.) The plant has a bitterish and astringent taste, and perhaps some slight febrifugal and other virtue, but is replaced by better remedies. In America several other verbenas receive the name, as V. hastata, the blue vervain, a tallish sleuder plant with small blue flowers, V. stricta, the hoary vervain, a hairy plant with larger purple flowers, and V. urticæfolia, the white or nettle-leafed vervain, with small white flowers.
- n. A herbaceous plant, Verbena officinalis, common in Europe and formerly held to have medicinal properties.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Verbena.
- n. any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers
- From Anglo-Norman verveine, from Latin verbena. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English verveine, from Old French, from Latin verbēna, leafage; see verbena. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They have him strung up from the rafters with ropes soaked in vervain.”
“Also the perfume it contains is precious, being blent with the herb vervain which is powerful against evil spirits. ”
“Liz changes her mind when she sees Damon choke on vervain-spiked lemonade, and has the brothers shot and taken prisoner in the Lockwood slave quarters.”
“Katherine pours some on her wrist and it burns her skin – it contains vervain.”
“Sheriff Forbes mentions that they plan to give the guards vervain to increase security.”
“Damon tries using his powers and Elena tells him that she has vervain on her.”
“Damon leaves and Alaric, a bit shaken, opens his hand and looks down at the crushed vervain in his palm.”
“At the grill, Anna and Jeremy meet up as Damon spies on them, setting up another flashback of Pearl, Katherine, and Damon discussing the sheriff buying the vervain elixir.”
“His father fed him vervain because he grew suspicious after their conversation about his sympathetic feelings toward vampires.”
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