from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A napkin or piece of cloth impressed with the face of Christ: from the legend that a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Christ with her handkerchief when he was on his way to Calvary, and that the likeness of the face was miraculously impressed upon the cloth. Also vernicle.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL. (Rivinus, 1690; earlier, about 1554, by Mattioli).] A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Scrophularineæ and tribe Digitaleæ, type of the subtribe Veroniceæ.

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

  • noun A portrait or representation of the face of our Savior on the alleged handkerchief of Saint Veronica, preserved at Rome; hence, a representation of this portrait, or any similar representation of the face of the Savior. Formerly called also Vernacle, and Vernicle.
  • noun (Bot.) A genus of scrophulariaceous plants; the speedwell. See Speedwell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Roman Catholicism The image of Jesus's face believed to have been made on the cloth with which St Veronica wiped his face as he went to be crucified; or the cloth used for this.
  • noun bullfighting A circular swinging movement of the cape, used to avoid the bull.
  • noun botany A flower of the genus Veronica, usually having blue petals.

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

  • noun any plant of the genus Veronica


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Named from St. Veronica.



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  • one meaning: a bullfighting move

    December 1, 2006

  • Veronica. Elvis Costello.

    February 8, 2008

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    I love the "rodent-operated"!

    September 4, 2008

  • Of course, the name actually came from the fact that they were ripping on Archie.

    September 4, 2008

  • In bullfighting the most classic movement with the cape is called the Veronica, the cape being swung so slowly before the face of the charging bull that it resembles St Veronica's wiping of the face of Christ.

    February 12, 2010

  • My memories of scenes and the sonic
    I keep without means electronic.
    While details have faded
    I summon unaided
    The moments beloved and iconic.

    My mind's eye beats Kodak or Konica.
    It freezes the bull mid-veronica.
    In my internal ear
    At will I can hear
    The sobs of the bluesman's harmonica.

    April 10, 2014

  • wow nice one, qms

    April 10, 2014

  • It is kind of you to say so, ry.

    April 10, 2014

  • Does Veronica literally mean 'true icon'?

    April 10, 2014

  • There is something about that, qms, that I love.

    Must read it at a Thirsty Dog Night soon.

    With your permission of course.

    April 12, 2014