• WordNet 3.6
    • n Stachys large genus of usually woolly or hairy herbs or subshrubs or shrubs; temperate eastern hemisphere; tropical Australasia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stachys A genus of plants, of the order Labiatæ, type of the tribe Stachydeæ. It is characterized by flowers with the five calyx-teeth equal or the posterior larger, the corolla-tube somewhat cylindrical and either included in or exserted from the calyx, the upper lip usually entire and arched, the anther-cells usually diverging, and the ovary forming nutlets which are obtnse or rounded at the top. Over 200 species have been described, of which about 170 are now thought to be distinct. They are widely dispersed through the temperate zones, occur within the tropics on mouutains, and extend in a few cases into frigid and subalpine regions. They are lacking in Australia and New Zealand, and nearly so in Chili and in South Africa. Sixteen species occur in the United States; 5 are eastern, of which S. aspera is the most common, and S. palustris the most widely diffused. Several species, especially S. sylvatica of Europe, are known as hedgenettle, and several others as woundwort, particularly S. Germanica. For S. Betonica see betony, and for S. palustris see clown-heal. Several species are occasionally cultivated for ornament, as S. lanata, a woolly-leafed plant much used for edgings. S. affinis (S. tuberifera), an esculent recently introduced from Japan, cultivated in France under the name of crosnes, produces numerous small white tubers which may be eaten boiled or fried or prepared as a preserve. The tubers are said to decay rapidly if exposed to the air, and are kept in the ground or packed in sand; their taste is compared to that of the sweet potato, followed by a peculiar piquant flavor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stachys stā′kis a genus of Labiatæ, containing the Hedge-nettle, the Woundwort, and according to some botanists the Common Betony or Wood Betony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. stachys, an ear of corn.


In literature:

In the fields Stachys, Potentilla (common), Brumus, Lamium of Khegumpa, Cynoglossum, Thlaspi, Datura in waste places, Conaria, rare, Imperata!
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Salute Urbanus our fellow-worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore