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Definition of "mullein" [mul•lein]

  • Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Verbascum, especially V. thapsus, a tall plant having closely clustered yellow flowers and leaves covered with dense woolly down. Also called flannel leaf, velvet plant. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mullein" in a sentence
  • "There is a kind of melancholy symbolism in this flower as it withdraws from the light, which is the complete opposite of bright yellow candles of great mullein burning in the sun."
  • "I laughed out loud when I saw the larger ears glued to foam and such for I had done something similar back speaking of dinosaurs! twenty years ago… I made containers for orchids and such for a gig in NY… a round ball with a water pic inserted… they became part of table arrangements for a birthday party on Park Ave. I suppose mullein leaves could be used in a similar way."
  • "I like to grow some weeds in my garden – mullein being one of my favorite, but I also have some Prunella vulgaris that I got from my parents."