Definition of comfrey in English:


Syllabification: com·frey
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmfrē

noun (plural comfreys)

  • A Eurasian plant of the borage family, with large hairy leaves and clusters of purplish or white bell-shaped flowers.
    • Genus Symphytum, family Boraginaceae: several species, in particular the common comfrey (S. officinale), which is used in herbal medicine (see boneset)
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    • Particularly good trap crops include: green lettuce, cabbage, calendula, marigolds, comfrey leaves, zinnias and beans.
    • Himalayan balsam crowds out native plants such as comfrey and willow herb, which are both important food sources for insects.
    • These products often include comfrey, chickweed, echinacea, calendula, goldenseal, plantain, essential oils, and a host of other herbs in a base of olive oil and beeswax.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cumfirie, based on Latin conferva, from confervere 'heal' (literally 'boil together', referring to the plant's medicinal use).

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