• WordNet 3.6
    • n comfrey leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked
    • n comfrey perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comfrey (Bot) A rough, hairy, perennial plant of several species, of the genus Symphytum.☞ A decoction of the mucilaginous root of the “common comfrey” (Symphytum officinale) is used in cough mixtures, etc.; and the gigantic “prickly comfrey” (Symphytum asperrimum) is somewhat cultivated as a forage plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comfrey A name given to several European and Asiatic plants of the genus Symphytum, natural order Boraginaceæ. The root of the common comfrey, S. officinale, often cultivated in American gardens, is very mucilaginous, and is used in decoction in dysentery, chronic diarrhea, etc. It was formerly in high repute as a vulnerary, and hence also called bruisewort. The prickly comfrey, S. asperrimum, from the Caucasus, is now somewhat widely cultivated as a forage-plant. See Symphytum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comfrey kum′fri a genus of Boraginaceæ, somewhat coarse perennial herbs.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from F. conferve, L. conferva, fr. confervere, to boil together, in medical language, to heal, grow together. So called on account of its healing power, for which reason it was also called consolida,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. confirie.


In literature:

Yellow loosestrife is rising, thick comfrey stands at the very edge; the sandpipers run where the shore is free from bushes.
"The Pageant of Summer" by Richard Jefferies
Boil feverfew, mugwort, red rose leaves and comfrey in red wine; make a suffumigation for the matrix, and apply sweet scents to her nose.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
He may also have several kinds of green vegetables, like spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, comfrey, etc.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
Pattridge, C. A. Comfrey Paulson, Johannes Sta.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Where undisturbed the comfrey grows to a great size, the stems becoming very thick.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
These are the potato, in its numerous varieties, the artichoke, the ground-nut, and the comfrey.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
I again thought of Comfrey, and had some of the tincture applied.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
Then Fred Comfrey, who had spent Christmas away from home, came on the scene.
"The Hall and the Grange" by Archibald Marshall
The flowers of the Common Comfrey are not always the same colour.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith

In news:

St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral , and Pennyroyal.
In the afternoon of a very cold and windy February day in 1963, four US Air Force officers died in a B-47 crash in Bashaw Township, about three miles northwest of Comfrey .
The Saints girls basketball team closed out their regular season by falling to Cedar Mountain/ Comfrey 70-60.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey , Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
Bridging Brown County's 9th Annual Networking Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 15 at the Comfrey Community Center, 120 East Brown Street.
She'll add mullein and comfrey to healing salves, use calendula to soften skin, rely on garlic and oregano and turn dandelion into a tonic or tea.
If you're trying to track down comfrey to soothe a bruise or valerian and dandelion root to combat an attack of the PMS Avenger, SW Herb Shop in Mesa has the herb you need.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
St John's Wort, Kava , Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
Loretta Bassett was born Sept 27, 1923, in Comfrey to Kathryn Bassett.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal .
Bridging Brown County awarded Wally Schmiesing with the 2012 Bridge Builder Award on Thursday Nov 15, at their annual fundraising banquet held at the Comfrey Community Center.
Bridging Brown County awarded Wally Schmiesing with the 2012 Bridge Builder Award on Thursday Nov 15, at their annual fundraising banquet held at the Comfrey Community Center.
Elnora Lien , 82, of Rochester, formerly of Comfrey, died Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, at Season's Hospice in Rochester.
The Springfield Tigers veered away from their usual ground and pound style of football Friday night in their 27-19 win over the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars, going instead to the air game.