Definition of vervain in English:



mass noun
  • A widely distributed herbaceous plant with small blue, white, or purple flowers and a long history of use as a magical and medicinal herb.

    • ‘Purple vervain is one of the few colorful wildflowers.’
    • ‘In Neberaska hoary vervain can flower from May to September, with blue or purple flowers positioned on the top of the main stem and branches.’
    • ‘Still-warm bread, yoghurt and tangy cherry marinade dressed with vervain appeared in an instant.’
    • ‘Among the favorites are asters and daisies, milkweeds, mustards, mints, peas, and vervains.’
    • ‘I have read that they especially like the seeds of vervain, smart weed and sedges.’
    • ‘In England the Common vervain is found growing by roadsides and in sunny pastures.’
    • ‘These include the American germander and various species of vervains.’
    • ‘Some of my favourites include vervain, rosemary, lemon balm, skullcap, wild oats and ginseng.’
    • ‘Five plants were thought to have special magical properties on this night: rue, roses, St. John's wort, vervain and trefoil.’
    • ‘Herbicide application should be conducted when vervain plants are 3-5 inches tall, usually in early June.’
    • ‘She had her vervain, so vampires couldn't use their Power against her, and she had her pepper spray, in case there was the odd bad human out there.’


Late Middle English: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbena (see verbena).