Middle English Dictionary Entry

vervein(e n.
Quotations: Show all Hide all

Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. berbene n.
(a) A plant of the genus Verbena, esp. Verbena officinalis, vervain; ?also, a vervain plant [quot. a1500]; (b) this plant or parts of it used in cookery recipes; (c) this plant or parts of it used in medicinal remedies, veterinary remedies, magic rites, etc.; jus of ~, a solution made from the liquid extract of vervain obtained by boiling the herb; water of ~, a solution made from the infusion of dried vervain in boiling water.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Dresd.Gloss.()434 : Verbena: berneyne [?read: berveine or verveine].
  • Note: New spelling. Initial b- may be erroneous or by influence of berbene n.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense (c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. water of vervain.