from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European plant, Geum urbanum, also known as avens.
  • n. The common valerian, Valeriana officinalis.
  • n. The hemlock, Conium maculatum.


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  • But in herb-bennet and avens each nut has a single long awn, crooked near the middle with a very peculiar S-shaped joint, which effectually catches on to the wool or hair, but drops at the elbow after a short period of withering.

    Science in Arcady


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