Definition of Milfoil

1. Noun. Ubiquitous strong-scented mat-forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America.

Exact synonyms: Achillea Millefolium, Yarrow
Generic synonyms: Achillea

Definition of Milfoil

1. n. A common composite herb (Achillea Millefolium) with white flowers and finely dissected leaves; yarrow.

Definition of Milfoil

1. Noun. any of several pungent Eurasian herbs, of the genus ''Achillea'' ¹

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Definition of Milfoil

1. a perennial herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Milfoil

1. A common composite herb (Achillea Millefolium) with white flowers and finely dissected leaves; yarrow. Water milfoil, an aquatic herb with dissected leaves (Myriophyllum). Origin: F. Mille-feuille, L. Millefolium; mille thousand + folium leaf. See Foil a leaf. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Milfoil

miles gloriosus
miles per gallon
miles per hour
milfoil (current term)
miliaria alba
miliaria crystallina
miliaria profunda
miliaria rubra
miliary abscess
miliary aneurysm
miliary embolism

Literary usage of Milfoil

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1. Michigan Flora: A List of the Fern and Seed Plants Growing Without Cultivation by William James Beal (1904)
"Water-milfoil Family. HIPPURIS L. 1531. H. vulgaris L. Mare's tail. ... Loose-flowered Water-milfoil. Fruitport, EJ Hill; Huron R. at Ypsilanti, Lyons; ..."

2. A Practical Treatise on Animal and Vegetable Fats and Oils: Comprising Both by William Theodore Brannt, Karl Schaedler (1896)
"A few other varieties of milfoil grow in the Alps, for instance, ... The oil has a penetrating, milfoil-like odor, and an aromatic, camphoraceous taste. ..."

3. Chamber's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1891)
"Short tales, mostly in dialogue, and of a witty and obscene character, were greatly in vogue amongst the (¬°reeks under the name of 'Milesian tales.' milfoil ..."

4. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord. Britton, Hon. Addison. Brown (1913)
"WATER-milfoil FAMILY. 1852. Perennial or rarely annual herbs, mainly aquatic, with alternate or verticillate leaves, the submerged ones often ..."

5. The Botanical Magazine, Or, Flower-garden Displayed by William Curtis (1799)
"... of milfoil, a plant of very humble growth ; its leaves, which are woolly, though probably much leis fo in gardens than ..."

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