Definition of feverfew in US English:

feverfew

noun

  • A bushy aromatic Eurasian plant of the daisy family, with feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers. It is used in herbal medicine to treat headaches.

    Tanacetum or 'Chrysanthemum' parthenium, family Compositae

    • ‘Chris scattered the feverfew, poppies and foxgloves they had brought with them over the Hand, then straightened up and dusted himself off.’
    • ‘If you're thinking of growing your own feverfew, the plant is readily available in nurseries and is easy to cultivate, but be certain that you have the correct herb before consuming it.’
    • ‘Other herbs taken with ginkgo, such as garlic, feverfew, or ginseng, can increase the bleeding risk.’
    • ‘For example, feverfew, ginkgo, and ginger may interfere with the ability of blood-clotting cells to stick together.’
    • ‘Two shrubs here are desert broom and burro bush, while wildflowers include desert honeysuckle, with long, tubular, brick-red flowers, and woolly feverfew, with white or greenish flowers.’
    • ‘For one of my favorite bouquets I use echinacea flowers, yarrow, feverfew, lavender, sage, apple mint, and catmint from my garden.’
    • ‘Some herbs can help with migraine particularly feverfew and also ginger and ginkgo.’
    • ‘Among the herbs were fennel, for weak eyes, camomile for headaches, white lilies for ‘bile’ and feverfew, against the shaking fever.’
    • ‘White flowers, like feverfew, are one of her favorite accents in the garden.’
    • ‘To help lessen her migraine pain, he suggested she take the herb feverfew daily.’
    • ‘Nor did the aromatherapy garden, with the subtle fragrances of feverfew and lemon balm.’
    • ‘There are drifts of feverfew, clouds of philadelphus, grasses whispering in the breeze, and everywhere the perfume of 1,000 blossoms keeping the countryside alive in the heart of London.’
    • ‘Media attention can often cause a major increase in the demand and use of herbal drugs - for example, evening primrose oil, feverfew, Ginko biloba, and ginseng.’
    • ‘To create a foil for flowers, Clark uses annual leafy vegetables (cabbage, lettuce) and herbs (fennel, feverfew, parsley) with interesting textures and colors.’
    • ‘Super antioxidants which fall into the polyphenol family include flavonoids, which are found in such foods as soy and blueberries, as well as red wine and green tea, and the herbs feverfew and ginkgo.’
    • ‘Sweet Annie, anise hyssop, and feverfew make good fillers.’
    • ‘This tends to be based on a named pathology, such as feverfew for migraines, St John's Wort for depression, devil's claw for arthritis.’
    • ‘Its ruffled, lavender-pink flowers look like they belong in a grandmother's garden with feverfew and love-in-a-mist.’
    • ‘If you enjoy poetry a different favourite poet for each day; if flowers plant by colour i.e. white roses, chamomile, daisies, feverfew, white yarrow, basil etc for your white day; the possibilities are endless.’
    • ‘The varieties used are almost all foliage plants; Echeveria, Herniaria, Alternanthera, Antennaria, sedum and feverfew.’

Origin

Old English feferfuge, from Latin febrifuga, from febris ‘fever’ + fugare ‘drive away’. Compare with febrifuge.

Pronunciation

feverfew

/ˈfivərˌfju//ˈfēvərˌfyo͞o/