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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Veronica, which includes the speedwells.
  • n. According to popular legend, an image of the face of Jesus as impressed on the handkerchief offered to him by Saint Veronica on the road to Calvary.
  • n. The handkerchief itself.
  • n. A cloth bearing a representation of Jesus's face.
  • n. A maneuver in bullfighting in which the matador stands with both feet fixed in position and swings the cape slowly away from the charging bull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A circular swinging movement of the cape, used to avoid the bull.
  • n. A flower of the genus Veronica, usually having blue petals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A genus of scrophulariaceous plants; the speedwell. See Speedwell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. [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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant of the genus Veronica


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

New Latin Veronica, genus name.
Medieval Latin, perhaps alteration of vēra īconica, true image : Latin vēra, feminine of vērus, true; see very + Latin īconica, feminine of īconicus, of an image (from Greek eikonikos, from eikōn, image; see icon).
Spanish, from veronica, the veronica (from the gesture Saint Veronica made), from Medieval Latin; see veronica2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Named from St. Veronica.



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    April 14, 2014

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  • Gangerh, I would be honored to have my verse read at a Thirsty Dog Night. I have a friend in Perth whom I provoke from time to time. I would like to think that my rhymes perturbate the antipodes East to West (if those terms apply down there).

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

    Must read it at a Thirsty Dog Night soon.

    With your permission of course.

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    April 10, 2014

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    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
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  • 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

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  • Veronica. Elvis Costello.

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  • one meaning: a bullfighting move

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