From Middle English ȝarowe, yarowe, yarwe, from Old English ġearwe, from Proto-Germanic *garwō (“yarrow, yarrow-like herbs”), perhaps ultimately cognate to Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (“yellow”). Cognate with Dutch gerw (“yarrow”) and German (Schaf-)garbe.
- Any of several pungent Eurasian and North American herbs, of the genus Achillea, used in traditional herbal medicine.
- Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, the type species of the genus.
- 1979, Victor Kaplan, The Woman who Gathered Yarrow; The Box; Miss Vesey's Other Leg, →ISBN, page 11:
- “Oh, yarrow! This is it,” she said, extracting a single long stemmed ferny grass with clusters of small white flowers from the bouquet in her hand.
- (Achillea spp.): milfoil, achillea
- (Achillea millefolium): devil's nettle, sanguinary, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf
- See also Thesaurus:yarrow
- Alps yarrow, Achillea distans
- Chinese yarrow, Achillea alpina
- Egyptian yarrow, Achillea aegyptiaca
- fernleaf yarrow, Achillea filipendulina
- Ligurian yarrow, Achillea ligustica
- noble yarrow, Achillea nobilis
- Siberian yarrow, Achillea sibirica
yarrow (plural yarrows)