mullein

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14th century; Middle English moleyne, from Anglo-Norman moleine, from mol ‘soft’. The name evokes the plant's fluffy, downy leaves, also apparent in synonyms, such as feltwort, flannel leaf, and velvet plant.

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mullein (usually uncountable, plural mulleins)

  1. Any of several European and Asian plants, of the genus Verbascum, that have yellow flowers and downy leaves; the velvet plant.

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