Definition of avens in English:

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avens

Pronunciation: /ˈavənz/

noun

A plant of the rose family, typically having serrated, divided leaves and seeds bearing small hooks. Several kinds are grown in gardens.
  • Genus Geum, family Rosaceae: several species, including the widespread water avens (G. rivale), with drooping pinkish flowers, and the mat-forming alpine avens (G. montanum).
Example sentences
  • Along with a heavy ground cover of soft mosses are horsetails and such wildflowers as Ross's avens, bluebells, sweet coltsfoot, a grass-of-Parnassus, a fleabane, and various sedges.
  • Among the wildflowers are a red columbine, aster, figwort, wild sarsaparilla, fleabane, and avens.
  • In a study on Devon Island, just south of Ellesmere, the hares fed mainly on Arctic willow in winter, supplemented in summer with Arctic avens, grasses and sedges.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French avence (medieval Latin avencia), of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: av·ens

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