agnus castus

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English[edit]

an agnus castus tree
Vitex agnus-castus

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἄγνος (agnos), confused with ἁγνός (hagnos, chaste); + by reinforcement Latin castus (chaste).

Noun[edit]

agnus castus (plural agnus castuses)

  1. A tree, Vitex agnus-castus, formerly believed to preserve chastity.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.1.iii:
      some herbs provoke lust; some again, as agnus castus, waterlilly, quite extinguish seed [...].

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