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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants reputed to have healing powers, especially Prunella vulgaris, a creeping plant in the mint family that has violet-blue or lavender flowers and is native to Eurasia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of two or three plants, reputed panaceas, so called as enabling one to do. without a physician.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A blue-flowered labiate plant (Brunella vulgaris); the healall.

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

  • noun decumbent blue-flowered European perennial thought to possess healing properties; naturalized throughout North America

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  • "Herbaceous plants in the family Lamiaceae, known as self-heals or "allheal" for their use in herbal medicine. Most are native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but Prunella vulgaris (the Common Self-heal) is Holarctic in distribution, occurring in North America as well, and is a common lawn weed.

    Self-heals are low-growing plants, and thrive in moist wasteland and grass, spreading rapidly to cover the ground. They are members of the mint family and have the square stem common to mints."

    January 25, 2008