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valerian 1

Line breaks: val|er¦ian
Pronunciation: /vəˈlɪərɪən/

noun

1A Eurasian plant which typically bears clusters of small pink or white flowers.
Example sentences
  • Down by the pool, sown among the large white rocks that were dug out of the hillside to accommodate it, are white valerians, more grasses, lavenders and sages.
  • Unless it's the drug-like catnips and valerians, most cats ignore growing things.
  • The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.
1.1 [mass noun] A drug obtained from the root of common valerian, used as a sedative and antispasmodic.
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  • Unlike synthetic sedatives, valerian is not considered addictive.
  • An alternative remedy for insomnia is valerian, a herbal medicine that has some reported positive effects but has not been exhaustively clinically investigated.
  • In animal and clinical studies, valerian has proven to act as a mild sedative and tranquilizer, thereby aiding sleep, even among chronic pain sufferers.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French valeriane, from medieval Latin valeriana (herba), apparently the feminine of Valerianus 'of Valerius' (a personal name).

Words that rhyme with valerian

Algerian, Cancerian, Chaucerian, Cimmerian, criterion, Hesperian, Hitlerian, Hyperion, Iberian, Liberian, Nigerian, Presbyterian, Shakespearean, Siberian, Spenserian, Sumerian, Wagnerian, Zairean

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Valerian 2 Line breaks: Val|er¦ian
Pronunciation: /vəˈlɪərɪən/
( D.260), Roman emperor 253–60; Latin name Publius Licinius Valerianius. He renewed the persecution of the Christians initiated by Decius.

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