Definition of vervain in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvərvān/


A widely distributed herbaceous plant with small blue, white, or purple flowers and a long history of use as a magical and medicinal herb.
  • Verbena officinalis, family Verbenaceae.
Example sentences
  • Some of my favourites include vervain, rosemary, lemon balm, skullcap, wild oats and ginseng.
  • In Neberaska hoary vervain can flower from May to September, with blue or purple flowers positioned on the top of the main stem and branches.
  • Purple vervain is one of the few colorful wildflowers.


Late Middle English: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbena (see verbena).

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Syllabification: ver·vain

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