veronica

Definitions

  • Veronica Traversii, Hook. F
    Veronica Traversii, Hook. F
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n veronica any plant of the genus Veronica
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Veronica (Bot) A genus of scrophulariaceous plants; the speedwell. See Speedwell.
    • Veronica A portrait or representation of the face of our Savior on the alleged handkerchief of Saint Veronica, preserved at Rome; hence, a representation of this portrait, or any similar representation of the face of the Savior. Formerly called also Vernacle, and Vernicle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veronica A napkin or piece of cloth impressed with the face of Christ: from the legend that a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Christ with her handkerchief when he was on his way to Calvary, and that the likeness of the face was miraculously impressed upon the cloth. Also vernicle.
    • n veronica [capitalized] [NL. (Rivinus, 1690; earlier, about 1554, by Mattioli).] A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Scrophularineæ and tribe Digitaleæ, type of the subtribe Veroniceæ. It is characterized “by opposite lower leaves, a wheelshaped corolla with a very short tube and spreading lobes, and by two stamens with their anther-cells confluent at the apex. About 220 species have been described, perhaps to be reduced to 180. They are widely scattered through temperate and cold regions, and are usually low herbs, their stem-leaves almost always plainly opposite, but the floral leaves always alternate and commonly diminished into bracts. V. Virginica is exceptional in its whorled leaves. The flowers arc blue, often penciled with violet, and varying to purple, pink, or white, but never yellow; they form terminal or axillary racemes, or are solitary and sessile in the axils. The fruit is a loculicidal or four-valved capsule, often obtuse or notched, rarely acute. The species are known as speedwell, especially V. Chamædrys, also called forget-me-not (see speedwell). A few are of medicinal repute, especially V. Virginica, known as black-root and Culver's-root or Culver's-physic, a tall perennial with wand-like stem from 2 to 6 feet high, and a white spike from 6 to 10 inches long, occurring in Canada, the eastern and central United States, Japan, and Siberia. The leaves of V. officinalis have been used as a medicinal tea; the socalled Mont Cenis tea is from V. Allionii. Twelve species are natives of England, 60 of Europe, 6 of Alaska, and 11 of the United States proper, only two of which are confined to North America: V. Cusickii, a large-flowered alpine plant of Oregon and California, and V. Americana, known as brooklime, a petiolate aquatic with purple-striped paleblue flowers, distributed from Virginia and New Mexico to Alaska. The similar V. Beccabunga of the Old World is the original brooklime. Five other species are now naturalized in the United States; of these, V. peregrina and V. serpyllifolia are almost cosmopolitan. (See neckweed, and Paul's betony (under betony).) For V. hederæfolia, see henbit; and for V. officinalis, see speedwell (with cut) and fluellen. Many foreign species (at least fifty) are valued for cultivation in gardens, as V. longifolia, or for rockeries, as V. repens, a creeper forming a mat of pale-blue flowers. Many are of variegated colors, as V. saxatilis. an alpine plant with blue violet-striped flowers, narrowly ringed with crimson around the white center. Numerous species occur in high southern latitudes, 14 in Australia, and 24 in New Zealand, one of which, V. elliptica, extends to Cape Horn, and sometimes becomes a small tree 20 feet high. The genus reaches its greatest development in New-Zealand, where it is present in remarkable beauty and abundance. Nearly all the species are shrubby, usually from 2 to 6 feet high, and are cultivated under glass, especially V. salicifolia and V. speciosa, with wine-colored flowers, the largest-leafed species, as also V. formosa of Tasmania. V. buxifolia, with purple-veined white flowers, is sometimes known as New Zealand box; and V. perfoliata, of southern Australia, as digger's-speedwell. V. tetragona of New Zealand, from its hard imbricated decussate connate leaves, has been mistaken for a conifer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Veronica vē-ron′i-ka a portrait of our Saviour's face on a handkerchief—from the legend that St Veronica wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus, on His way to Calvary, with her handkerchief, whereupon His features were impressed on the cloth: a genus of plants, popularly known as Speedwell.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
[LL.; -- so called from Veronica, a woman who, according to an old legend, as Christ was carrying the cross, wiped his face with a cloth, which received an impression of his countenance; Veronica, is fr. MGr. Beroni`kh, fr. Macedonian Bereni`kh, for Gr. Fereni`kh, literally, carrying off victory, victorious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Veronica, not L. vera, true, Gr. eikōn, image, but identical with Berenīcē, the traditional name of the woman cured of the issue of blood—a corr. of Gr. pherenikē, victorious—pherein, to bear, nikē, victory.

Usage

In literature:

Here is shown Saint Veronica kneeling and offering to our Lord a handkerchief to wipe his face.
"A Short Account of King's College Chapel" by Walter Poole Littlechild
What would little Veronica not deserve after her long illness!
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
That speech of Veronica's while she's at the piano.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
I. Anglo-Saxon Legends of St. Andrew and St. Veronica.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
Venus Violet Victoria Veronica Vo-shi, Just learn your task and put away that crochet.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
I. Anglo-Saxon Legends of St. Andrew and St. Veronica.
"Notes and Queries, Number 234, April 22, 1854" by Various
Veronica and Medmangi, however, had their summer plans already made.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
I. Anglo-Saxon Legends of St. Andrew and St. Veronica.
"Notes and Queries, Number 235, April 29, 1854" by Various
The spring turf is interspersed with blue veronica and red geranium.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
As time went on Veronica's alternate attacks of melancholy and hysteria were terrible.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
But he was sure, as soon as Veronica was of age, she would make a present of it to the church.
"St. Peter's Umbrella" by Kálmán Mikszáth
From Conifers we may pass to Veronicas, certain of which might almost be mistaken for some minute form of Cypress.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Seeds of the Veronicas are very difficult to distinguish from one another.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
Franco was relieved when Veronica came to call him.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
But of course you haven't anything to say to me that Sister Veronica shouldn't hear.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Remember St. Veronica wiping Christ's face with a handkerchief and the Saviour's sacred image remaining on the handkerchief .
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
Veronica Gambara was born in 1485.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)" by Anna Jameson
We here find that the woman cured of a flux was called Veronica.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Her little feet peeped out among the grass and the blue veronica flowers.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
Fortunately, my sister and I have Veronica to help us.
"Marjorie Dean High School Senior" by Pauline Lester
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In poetry:

Veronica is nothing loth
To wipe His poor face with her cloth.
His Mother's by Him and St. John,
With many a starry legion;
Magdalen's hair is round His feet,
Her tears wash off the blood and sweat.
"The Deserted" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Gary, Veronica, Raigan and Deanie Serrano.
The Veronicas get their own perfume alliance.
Now The Veronicas join the exclusive club of celebs-with-perfume-deals, thanks to their new partnership with Estee Lauder's Beauty Bank.
"She was the absolute joy of our life and we felt so blessed," said Veronica McNally about her daughter Francesca.
'Deep Throat' play set for L.A. With porn star Veronica Hart .
Urbandale has hired Veronica Roshek to be its new softball coach, the high school today announced on its athletics website.
Helping are trainers Veronica and Karol.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Veronica Brooke Akers Reed, of East Point.
Veronica Nunes Trumbull Hartford Courant.
Wedding dresses by Amanda Archer, Veronica Sheaffer, and Kpoené Kofi-Nicklin.
Veronica's Veil continues until beginning of April.
Veronica's Veil is up and running in the landmark theatre at 44 Pius Street on the South Side Slopes.
( Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue') is one of the best upright veronicas for sunny gardens.
Mayra Veronica 's Tips to Have Better Sex.
Watch and wedges, Veronica 's own.
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In science:

Fermi 69622 Vil leurbanne cedex, France Veronica Sanz† Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Non-Standard Neutrino Interactions at Colliders
Lloyd, Ver´onica Dahl, Ulrich Furbach, Manfred Kerber, Kung-Kiu Lau, Catuscia Palamidessi, Lu´ıs Moniz Pereira, Yehoshua Sagiv, and Peter J.
PIDoc: Wiki style Literate Programming for Prolog
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