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Valerian definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VALE'RIAN, n. A plant of the genus Valleriana, of many species.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French valeriane, from Medieval Latin valeriana, probably from feminine of valerianus of Valeria, from Valeria, Roman province formerly part of Pannonia Date: 12th century 1. any of a genus (Valeriana of the family Valerianaceae, the valerian family) of perennial herbs and shrubs many of which possess medicinal properties 2. a preparation of the dried rhizome and roots of the garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis) used especially formerly as a carminative and sedative

Merriam Webster's

biographical name died A.D. 260 Publius Licinius Valerianus Roman emperor (253-260)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 any of various flowering plants of the family Valerianaceae. 2 the root of any of these used as a medicinal sedative. Phrases and idioms: common valerian 1 a valerian, Valeriana officinalis, with pink or white flowers and a strong smell liked by cats: also called SETWALL. 2 the root of this used as a medicinal sedative. Etymology: ME f. OF valeriane f. med.L valeriana (herba), app. fem. of Valerianus of Valerius

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Valerian Va*le"ri*an, n. [LL. valeriana, perhaps from some person named Valerius, or fr. L. valere to be strong. powerful, on account of its medicinal virtues: cf. F. val['e]riane.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (V. officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic. Greek valerian (Bot.), a plant (Polemonium c[ae]ruleum) with blue or white flowers, and leaves resembling those of the officinal valerian.



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