Definition of Common mullein
1. Noun. Tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches.
Generic synonyms: Flannel Leaf, Mullein, Velvet Plant
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Literary usage of Common mullein
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1. How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of by Frances Theodora Parsons (1895)
"Stamens.—Ten, the three upper with white wool on their filaments. Pistil—One. The common mullein is a native of the island of ..."
2. Familiar Lectures on Botany, Practical, Elementary and Physiological: With by Lincoln Phelps (1837)
"The flowers are arranged along their stem, in such a manner as to constitute what is called a spike. The botanical name of the common mullein is ..."
3. A Class-book of Botany: Designed for Colleges, Academies, and Other by Alphonso Wood (1869)
"common mullein. Lrs. decurrent, densely tomentose on both sides; roc. spiked, dense; ... The tall, dense, club-shaped spikes of the common mullein are yen' ..."
4. A Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States by Asa Gray (1880)
"... (common mullein.) Densely woolly throughout ; stem tall and stout, simple, winged by the decurrent bases of the oblong acute leaves ; flowers (yellow, ..."
5. Familiar Lectures on Botany: Explaining the Structure, Classification, and by Lincoln Phelps (1854)
"The botanical name of the common mullein is ... a species smaller and more delicate than the common mullein is olten found in woods ; this is the moth ..."
6. Class Book of Botany: Being Outlines of the Structure, Physiology and by Alphonso Wood (1861)
"The tall, dense, club-shaped spikes of the common mullein arc very conspicuous in every slovenly field and by all roadsides, US and Can. ..."