Veronica

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Veronica \Ve*ron"i*ca\, noun [LL.; -- so called from Veronica, a woman who, according to an old legend, as Christ was carrying the cross, wiped his face with a cloth, which received an impression of his countenance; Veronica is fr. MGr. Beroni'kh, fr. Macedonian Bereni'kh, for Gr. Fereni'kh, literally, carrying off victory, victorious.]

1. A portrait or representation of the face of our Savior on the alleged handkerchief of Saint Veronica, preserved at Rome; hence, a representation of this portrait, or any similar representation of the face of the Savior. Formerly called also {Vernacle}, and {Vernicle}.

2. (Bot.) A genus of scrophulariaceous plants; the speedwell. See {Speedwell}.

Note: Several herbaceous species are common in both Europe and America, most of which have small blue flowers. A few shrubby species from New Zealand are sometimes found in cultivation.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

veronica

noun

1: any plant of the genus Veronica [syn: {veronica}, {speedwell}]


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