One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the genus Euphrasia in the figwort family, especially eyebright.
- ‘The drops contain the extracts of ingredients such as aphis, or ground honey bees, and plants such as euphrasia and sabadilla.’
- 1.1mass noun A preparation of eyebright used in herbal medicine and homeopathy, especially for treating eye problems.
Early 18th century: via medieval Latin from Greek, literally ‘cheerfulness’, from euphrainein ‘gladden the mind’.
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