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Definition of "woodruff" []

  • A fragrant perennial herb (Galium odoratum) native to Eurasia and North Africa and widely cultivated as a shade ground cover, having small white flowers and narrow leaves used for flavoring wine and in sachets. Also called sweet woodruff. (noun)
  • Any of various plants of the genus Asperula, having whorled leaves and small funnel-shaped flowers. (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 "woodruff" in a sentence
  • "Its bricks are made from recycled waste, and it has bike parking, bike showers, high-performance windows, and three green roofs planted with golden stonecrop, sweet woodruff, Allegheny foamflower and Solomon's seal."
  • "Not because he told me not to, but I liked being able to smell him on my skin, that musky woodruff and spice flavor."
  • "Moriarty and McNamara grow the fragrant herb sweet woodruff, after which they named their restaurant."