• WordNet 3.6
    • n woodruff any plant of the genus Asperula
    • n woodruff Old World fragrant stoloniferous perennial having small white flowers and narrow leaves used as flavoring and in sachets; widely cultivated as a ground cover; in some classifications placed in genus Asperula
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Woodruff (Bot) A little European herb (Asperula odorata) having a pleasant taste. It is sometimes used for flavoring wine. See Illust. of Whorl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n woodruff A rubiaceous herb, Asperula odorata, of Europe and Asiatic Russia, more fully named sweet woodruff. It has a creeping rootstock sending up erect stems, the leaves whorled, chiefly in eights, the flowers small, white, in loose cymes. The plant, from the presence of coumarin, is scented like the sweet vernal-grass and sweet-clover, and in parts of Europe it is used to flavor the spring beverage called May-drink (which see). Woodruff is sometimes found growing near German settlements in the United States. The name is extended to the other species of Asperula.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Woodruff a genus of rubiaceous plants with whorled leaves and a funnel-shaped corolla—Sweet Woodruff has a creeping root-stock sending up erect stems, and small white flowers; when dried it has a very agreeable fragrance like vernal-grass—(obs.) Wood′-roof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wudurofe,. See Wood (n.), and cf. Ruff a plaited collar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wudu; cog. with Ice. vidhr, wood; akin to Ir. fiodh, timber.


In literature:

Why should Al Woodruff be interested in the exact spot where Brit Hunter's daughter had spent the night of the storm?
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
DAVID J. WOODRUFF, private, mustered in Aug. 15, 1862; mustered out with company May 24, 1863.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
By Ada Woodruff Anderson.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
I knew Woodruff wanted to sell.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Ol' marster Woodruff Norsworthy and Miss Ca'lina, dey was my ol' marster and mistus.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
With 20 Illustrations by A. WOODRUFF.
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
C. A. Woodruff, his adjutant, dealt shot after shot into the foe, as he rode from point to point, carrying the orders of his chief.
"The Battle of the Big Hole" by G. O. Shields
F. M. Woodruff, 76 N. Y. Geo.
"In and Out of Rebel Prisons" by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
JOHN WOODRUFF, Oswego, Illinois.
"Company K, Twentieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry" by Andrew Brown

In poetry:

When the evening came my love said to me:
Let us go into the garden now that the sky is cool;
The garden of black hellebore and rosemary,
Where wild woodruff spills in a milky pool.
"Prothalamion" by Francis Brett Young
We will not tell her beads of beauty over:
All that we say, and all we leave unsaid
Be buried with her. There 's no lightest lover
But scatters on her bed
Pansies for thoughts, and woodruff white as she,
And, for remembrance, quiet rosemary.
"Desiree" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson

In news:

Judy Woodruff talks to a sports journalism professor for more on athletics and academics.
Chair of the Woodruff Arts Center Board Larry Gellerstedt III and Woodruff CEO Virginia Hepner announced that a former employee stole $1,438,000 million from the organization.
Judy Woodruff and Glenn discuss how the historic mission changed the space race.
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee speaks with Judy Woodruff in his Senate office.
Judy Woodruff with presidential candidate Jimmy Carter in New Hampshire Feb 24, 1976.
Judy Woodruff and The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock discuss what's known about the US soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday.
Howard Woodruff takes over as pastor of Elm Park United Methodist Church .
NASHVILLE, Ark.— Minnie Belle Holt Woodruff, 88, of Nashville died Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.
She was born in Parkersburg, May 27, 1938, the daughter of the late William M and A. Marcella Collins Woodruff.
Get the latest news, stats, videos, and more about Duke Blue Devils defensive end Jonathan Woodruff on ESPN.com.
Woodruff , 84, Peru, died at 11:05 am Saturday, Dec 8, 2012, at her residence.
Your Life This is a guest post by Lee Woodruff .
Woodruff is a contributing home and family editor for ABC's Good Morning America.
Inside Lee Woodruff 's Mind.
A local band director who has devoted over 20 years to music education in Georgia has been named one of five 2009-2010 honorees for Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders.

In science:

Aoki, P.M. and A. Woodruff, “Improving Electronic Guidebook Interfaces Using a Task-Oriented Design Approach, ” Proc.
The Guidebook, the Friend, and the Room: Visitor Experience in a Historic House
Woodruff, Chris Burrows, High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection, Alfred B. Schultz, Ed., Proc.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
We thank Debbie Leung, Harold Ollivier, and David Woodruff for helpful discussions, Noga Alon for providing a copy of , and Alfred Menezes and Jeff Shallit for pointers to the literature.
Approximate Randomization of Quantum States With Fewer Bits of Key
In Woodruff, D., ed.: Network Interdiction and Stochastic Integer Programming.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
Very recently, Clarkson and Woodruff have developed one-pass algorithms for performing low-rank matrix approximation, and they have established lower bounds which prove that many of their algorithms have optimal or near-optimal resource guarantees, modulo constants.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions