Definition of woodruff in English:

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woodruff

Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝odrəf/

noun

A white-flowered plant of the bedstraw family with whorled leaves, smelling of new-mown hay when dried or crushed.
  • Genera Galium and Asperula, family Rubiaceae: several species, especially sweet woodruff (G. odoratum).
Example sentences
  • Actually I tucked a few bearberry plants among them as a salve to his feelings, and that spread almost as satisfyingly as the woodruff.
  • Wild garlic, woodruff, ivy, wild strawberry and violets provide the splendorous colour that gives the wood one of its many appealing qualities.
  • First, though, I rip out the woodruff and lay the earth bare.

Origin

Old English wudurofe, from wudu 'wood' + an element of unknown meaning.

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Syllabification: wood·ruff

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