Definition of milfoil in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlfɔɪl


  • 1The common Eurasian yarrow.
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    • Then, gardens in England were enriched with many species not previously known, among them plants which soon became very popular, like several campanulas, carnations, and milfoils.
  • 2 (also water milfoil) A widely distributed aquatic plant with whorls of fine submerged leaves and wind-pollinated flowers.
    • Genus Myriophyllum, family Haloragaceae
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    • Lakes and ponds have buttonbush, pickerel weed, bulltongue arrowhead, horned bladderwort, water milfoil, and water-shield growing in the water.
    • The common kinds include the large family of pondweeds, coontail, water milfoil, water weeds, and naiads (Najas).
    • In half of the sites studied, algae, mosses and plants such as water milfoil that had previously been absent were becoming abundant.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin millefolium, from mille 'thousand' + folium 'leaf'.

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