Meaning of valerian

va•le•ri•an

Pronunciation: (vu-lēr'ē-un), [key]
— n.
  1. any plant of the genus Valeriana, as the common valerian V. officinalis, having small, fragrant flowers of white, lavender, or pink and a root that is used medicinally.
  2. a drug consisting of or made from the root, formerly used as a nerve sedative and antispasmodic.

Va•le•ri•an

Pronunciation: (vu-lēr'ē-un), [key]
— n.
  1. dieda.d.c260, Roman emperor 253–60.
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