Definition of veronica in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈrɒnɪkə/


1A herbaceous plant of north temperate regions, typically with upright stems bearing narrow pointed leaves and spikes of blue or purple flowers.
  • Genus Veronica, family Scrophulariaceae: many species, including the speedwells.
Example sentences
  • The 7-inch, dark blue spikes of this veronica bob atop a plant that grows low enough that you can actually place it at the front of the border.
  • On the inside of the curve, I wove in irregular lines of flowers like Verbena ‘Purple Homestead,’ aster and veronica.
  • Meanwhile, established perennials like phlox, veronica, and yarrow are beginning to bloom.
2A cloth supposedly impressed with an image of Christ’s face.
Example sentences
  • The veronica represents Christ's face and, by synecdoche, his entire body.
3The movement of a matador’s cape away from a charging bull.


Early 16th century: from medieval Latin, from the given name Veronica. sense 2, sense 3 are with reference to St Veronica (see Veronica, St); sense 3 is said to be by association of the attitude of the matador with the depiction of St Veronica holding out a cloth to Christ.

Words that rhyme with veronica

electronica, harmonica, Honecker, japonica, Monica, moniker, Salonica, santonica

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