Definition of veronica in English:

veronica

Syllabification: ve·ron·i·ca
Pronunciation: /vəˈränəkə
 
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noun

  • 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
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    • 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.
  • 3(In bullfighting) a slow movement of the cape away from a charging bull by the matador, who stands in place.
    [said to be by association of the attitude of the matador with the depiction of St. Veronica holding out a cloth to Jesus (see Veronica, St.)]

Origin

early 16th century: from medieval Latin, from the given name Veronica.

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