Definition of woodruff in English:

woodruff

Line breaks: wood|ruff
Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdrʌf
 
/
(also sweet woodruff)

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

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