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- another term for wood avens
- ‘Known as herb bennet or wood avens, this is a yellow-flowered herbaceous perennial up to 2 ft tall, occurring fairly commonly in shaded ground by woods or in hedges.’
- ‘During the Middle Ages, the Romans regarded herb bennet as an effective fever reducer.’
- ‘When suffering from chills and diarrhea, a decoction of herb bennet is suggested.’
- ‘There is an abundance of wild flowers to be seen on the walk - bugle, herb bennet (wood avens), early purple orchid, speedwell.’
Late Middle English: from Old French herbe beneite, from medieval Latin herba benedicta ‘blessed herb’ (apparently first applied to a plant thought to ward off the Devil).
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