mullein

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From Middle English moleyne, from Anglo-Norman moleine, which is either a Celtic borrowing and derived from Proto-Celtic *melinos (yellow) from *meli (honey) – an adjective found in Breton melen (yellow) and Welsh melyn (yellow)[1] – or from mol (soft), from Latin mollis (soft), referencing the plant's fluffy, downy leaves, also apparent in synonyms such as feltwort, flannel leaf, and velvet plant.[2]

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mullein (usually uncountable, plural mulleins)

  1. Any of a few hundred species of European and Asian plants, of the genus Verbascum, especially that majority that have yellow flowers. Some species have been introduced to other continents, where some are now seen as invasive pests. Some species, though far from all, have downy leaves, hence common names such as: "velvet plant". [from 14th c.]

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ mullein”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.

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mullein

  1. Instructive plural form of mulli.

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