Definition of woodruff in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdrʌf
(also sweet woodruff)


A white-flowered Eurasian plant with whorled leaves, smelling of new-mown hay when dried or crushed.
  • Galium odoratum, family Rubiaceae
More 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.


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

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