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Ver*be"na (?), n. [L. See Vervain.] Bot.

A genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.

⇒ Verbena, or vervain, was used by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Druids, in their sacred rites.


Essence of verbena, Oil of verbena, a perfume prepared from the lemon verbena; also, a similar perfume properly called grass oil. See Grass oil, under Grass. -- Lemon, ∨ Sweet, verbena, a shrubby verbenaceous plant (Lippia citriodora), with narrow leaves which exhale a pleasant, lemonlike fragrance when crushed.


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