Meaning of betony


Pronunciation: (bet'n-ē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. a plant, Stachys (formerly Betonica) officinalis, of the mint family, having hairy leaves and dense spikes of purple flowers, formerly used in medicine and dyeing.
  2. any of various similar plants, esp. of the genus Pedicularis.
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