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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Achillea of the composite family, especially A. millefolium, native to Eurasia, having finely dissected foliage and flat corymbs of usually white flower heads. Also called achillea, milfoil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. 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


Middle English yarowe, from Old English gearwe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ġearwe Cognate with Dutch gerw ("yarrow"), (probably) German Schafgarbe. (Wiktionary)



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

    June 14, 2011

  • "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