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

  • n. A fragrant perennial herb (Galium odoratum) native to Eurasia and North Africa and widely cultivated as a shade ground cover, having small white flowers and narrow leaves used for flavoring wine and in sachets. Also called sweet woodruff.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Asperula, having whorled leaves and small funnel-shaped flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Galium odoratum, an aromatic herb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little European herb (Asperula odorata) having a pleasant taste. It is sometimes used for flavoring wine. See Illust. of whorl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rubiaceous herb, Asperula odorata, of Europe and Asiatic Russia, more fully named sweet woodruff.

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

  • n. any plant of the genus Asperula
  • n. Old World fragrant stoloniferous perennial having small white flowers and narrow leaves used as flavoring and in sachets; widely cultivated as a ground cover; in some classifications placed in genus Asperula


Middle English woderofe, from Old English wudurofe : wudu, wood + -rofe, of unknown meaning.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Saxon wudurofe. See wood (noun) and compare ruff a plaited collar. (Wiktionary)



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