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 several European and Asian plants, of the genus Verbascum, that have yellow flowers and downy leaves; the 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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