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achillea

Line breaks: achil|lea
Pronunciation: /ˌakɪˈliːə
 
, aˈkɪlɪə
 
/

Definition of achillea in English:

noun

A Eurasian and North African plant of a genus that includes the yarrow, typically having heads of small white or yellow flowers and fern-like leaves.
  • Genus Achillea, family Compositae: numerous species
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.

Origin

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

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