Definitions

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

  • noun Any of several plants of the genus Achillea of the composite family, especially A. millefolium, having finely dissected foliage and flat corymbs of usually white flower heads.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The milfoil, Achillea Millefolium. See milfoil, and cut on following page.

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

  • noun (Bot.) An American and European composite plant (Achillea Millefolium) with very finely dissected leaves and small white corymbed flowers. It has a strong, and somewhat aromatic, odor and taste, and is sometimes used in making beer, or is dried for smoking. Called also milfoil, and nosebleed.

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

  • noun UK The green woodpecker, Picus viridis.
  • noun any of several pungent Eurasian herbs, of the genus Achillea, used in traditional herbal medicine

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

  • noun ubiquitous strong-scented mat-forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America

Etymologies

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

[Middle English yarowe, from Old English gearwe.]

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Old English ġearwe Cognate with Dutch gerw ("yarrow"), (probably) German Schafgarbe.

Examples

  • Native perennials such as yarrow and coyote bush were set into a hillside where a stand of eucalyptus had been leveled; Douglas iris and rushes were added to the boggy area where the spring bubbles from below the trunk of a wax myrtle.

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  • Native perennials such as yarrow and coyote bush were set into a hillside where a stand of eucalyptus had been leveled; Douglas iris and rushes were added to the boggy area where the spring bubbles from below the trunk of a wax myrtle.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Native perennials such as yarrow and coyote bush were set into a hillside where a stand of eucalyptus had been leveled; Douglas iris and rushes were added to the boggy area where the spring bubbles from below the trunk of a wax myrtle.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Native perennials such as yarrow and coyote bush were set into a hillside where a stand of eucalyptus had been leveled; Douglas iris and rushes were added to the boggy area where the spring bubbles from below the trunk of a wax myrtle.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Native perennials such as yarrow and coyote bush were set into a hillside where a stand of eucalyptus had been leveled; Douglas iris and rushes were added to the boggy area where the spring bubbles from below the trunk of a wax myrtle.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • In South America the "round-headed hassar" of Guiana, _Callicthys littoralis_, and the "yarrow," a species of the family Esocidæ, although they possess no specially modified respiratory organs, are accustomed to bury themselves in the mud on the subsidence of water in the pools during the dry season. [

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • In South America the "round-headed hassar" of Guiana, _Callicthys littoralis_, and the "yarrow," a species of the family Esocidæ, although they possess no specially modified respiratory organs, are accustomed to bury themselves in the mud on the subsidence of water in the pools during the dry season. [

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Instead, he indulges his weed-mindfulness, enjoying the sight of "cow parsley and primrose in the spring" and "the fat tussocks of yarrow and plantain" in the summer.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling

  • For a little skin R and R, I always prepped with loads of Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum and Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer to keep skin nourished and hydrated with ingredients like tri-peptides and yarrow extract.

    Napoleon Perdis: Runway to Reality Part II: New York Fashion Week Makeup Looks

  • For a little skin R and R, I always prepped with loads of Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum and Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer to keep skin nourished and hydrated with ingredients like tri-peptides and yarrow extract.

    Napoleon Perdis: Runway to Reality Part II: New York Fashion Week Makeup Looks

Comments

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  • "The milfoil, Achillea Millefolium. See milfoil, and cut on following page."

    -- Cent. Dict.

    I love how the second sentence sounds like an instruction to the reader.

    June 14, 2011

  • The "and cut on following page" sounds like permission to steal for a thief who removes prints from rare books.

    June 14, 2011