- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈjæɹəʊ/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈjɛɹoʊ/
- Rhymes: -æɹəʊ
From Middle English ȝarowe, yarowe, yarwe, from Old English ġearwe, from Proto-West Germanic *garwu (“yarrow, yarrow-like herbs”), perhaps a variant of *garu (“prepared, ready (of food”)), as the plant was used medicinally for digestion.
- Any of several pungent Eurasian and North American herbs, of the genus Achillea, used in traditional herbal medicine.
- 1922, Eleanour Sinclair Rohde, The Old English Herbals, Longmans, Green and Co.:
- Yarrow is one of the aboriginal English plants, and from time immemorial it has been used in incantations and by witches. Country folk still regard it as one of our most valuable herbs, especially for rheumatism.
- 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)
- sweet yarrow (Achillea ageratum)
yarrow (plural yarrows)