verbena

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See also: Verbena and verbéna

English[edit]

a verbena
Verbena rigida

Etymology[edit]

From Latin verbena (leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies), from Proto-Indo-European *werbh (see also Lithuanian virbas (twig, branch, scion, rod)), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (to turn, bend). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.

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Noun[edit]

verbena (plural verbenas)

  1. Verbena, a genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.
    • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, Prelude (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 116)
      Linda pulled a piece of verbena and crumpled it, and held her hands to her mother. -

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin verbena. Compare the doublet vermena.

Noun[edit]

verbena f (plural verbene)

  1. verbena, vervain

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *werbʰ- (see also Lithuanian virbas (twig, branch, scion, rod)), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (to turn, bend). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.

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Noun[edit]

verbēna f (genitive verbēnae); first declension

  1. foliage, especially that of olive, myrtle etc having religious and medicinal uses

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First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative verbēna verbēnae
genitive verbēnae verbēnārum
dative verbēnae verbēnīs
accusative verbēnam verbēnās
ablative verbēnā verbēnīs
vocative verbēna verbēnae

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References[edit]

  • verbena in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • verbena in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • verbena” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • verbena in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • verbena in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin verbena.

Noun[edit]

verbena f (plural verbenas)

  1. verbena (any of the herbaceous flowering plant of the genus Verbena)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin verbena, Proto-Indo-European *werbh (see also Lithuanian virbas (twig, branch, scion, rod)), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (to turn, bend). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /berˈbena/, [berˈβena]

Noun[edit]

verbena f (plural verbenas)

  1. verbena (plant)
  2. a night-time fair or party

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