comfrey

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A comfrey plant

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From Medieval Latin cumfiria; this was possibly from earlier Latin conferva (an aquatic herb mentioned in Pliny), from conferveo (“I boil together”; from the use of the plant in tea to aid in healing bones).

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comfrey (countable and uncountable, plural comfreys)

  1. Any of several species of perennial herbs of the genus Symphytum, often specifically Symphytum officinale.
    • 2007 April 25, Kim Severson, “Farmer, Cookie Maker, Ecologist and, Yes, the Future King”, in New York Times[1]:
      It thrives on compost and natural fertilizers brewed from comfrey or seaweed and uses only rain, natural groundwater or wastewater purified through a system of reed beds.

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