Definition of achillea in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkilēə/


A plant of the daisy family, which typically has heads of small white or yellow flowers and fernlike leaves.
  • Genus Achillea, family Compositae: numerous species, including the common yarrow.
Example sentences
  • Backed by a yew hedge are dozens of neatly planted rows of achilleas, euphorbias, iris and violas among others.
  • The species achillea, or common yarrow produces white flowers but hybrids now burst into terracotta, yellow, pink and cerise clusters - fabulous against their feathery grey foliage.
  • ‘In the past, I have cut my yellow achillea before the flowers have faded, and found that it keeps its colour beautifully when dried,’ Annemarie says.


Via Latin from Greek Akhilleios, denoting a plant supposed to have been used medicinally by Achilles.

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Syllabification: ach·il·le·a

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