from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic plant (Chrysanthemum parthenium) native to Eurasia, having clusters of buttonlike, white-rayed flower heads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A European aromatic perennial herb, Tanacetum parthenium (or Chrysanthemum parthenium or Pyrethrum parthenium), having daisy-like flowers; valued as a traditional medicine especially for headaches

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A perennial plant (Pyrethrum Parthenium, or Chrysanthemum Parthenium) allied to camomile, having finely divided leaves and white blossoms; -- so named from its supposed febrifugal qualities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Chrysanthemum (Matricaria) Parthenium, a European species naturalized in the United States, formerly cultivated as a medicinal herb, and used as a bitter tonic in the cure of fevers. Some ornamental varieties are common in gardens. Also called wild camomile.
  • n. A common name among florists for Chrysanthemum roseum, a native of the Caucasus, of which there are many single and double garden varieties.
  • n. The agrimony, Agrimonia Eupatoria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bushy aromatic European perennial herb having clusters of buttonlike white-rayed flower heads; valued traditionally for medicinal uses; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum


Middle English feverfu, from Old English feferfuge and from Anglo-Norman *fevrefue, both from Late Latin febrifugia : febris, fever + fuga, flight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Through Old French fevrefue, from Latin febrifugia, from febris ("fever") + fugō ("I drive away"). The latter part of the word was changed to "few" due to unfamiliarity with the element -fuge. (Wiktionary)



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