• WordNet 3.6
    • n speedwell any plant of the genus Veronica
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Speedwell (Bot) Any plant of the genus Veronica, mostly low herbs with pale blue corollas, which quickly fall off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n speedwell A plant of the genus Veronica, especially V. Chamædrys, an herb with creeping and ascending stems, and racemes of bright-blue flowers, whence it has received in Great Britain such fanciful names as angel's-eyes, bird's-eye, god's-eye, and eyebright. Also called germander-speedwell. The corolla falls quickly when the plant is gathered. The common speedwell is V. officinalis, which has been considered diaphoretic, etc., but is now no longer used in medicine. The thyme-leafed speedwell, V. serpylli-folia, is a very common little wayside herb with erect stems from a creeping base, and small white or bluish flowers with deeper stripes. Other species have special names, V. Anagallis being the water-speedwell, V. scutellata the marsh-speedwell, V. peregrina the purslane-speedwell or neckweed, V. arvensis the corn-speedwell, V. agrestis the field-speed well, and V. hederæfolia the ivy-leafed speedwell. See Veronica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Speedwell (Veronica) a genus of plants of the natural order Scrophulariaceæ, with blue, white, or pink flowers, the leaves of some species used medicinally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spéd; Dut. spœd.


In literature:

The leaves and branches above kept on the song which had sung me asleep; only now, to my mind, it sounded like a farewell and a speedwell.
"Phantastes" by George MacDonald
Meg Speedwell was her name.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
The more or less parallel courses of the vessels continued for some time without causing any remark among the people on board the Speedwell.
"The Hand of Ethelberta" by Thomas Hardy
Ergo, the "overmasting" of the SPEEDWELL was a "pivotal point in modern history.
"The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete" by Azel Ames
One day he roused himself seemingly, and sent for Mr. Speedwell, his attorney, and Dr. Drake, his family physician.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
I entered my "Speedwell," a prominent stockjobber.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 8th, 1920" by Various
DROUET, A.G.E., "Ajow House," Speedwell Rd., Egbaston, Birmingham.
"Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron" by Unknown
I'll bring you some speedwell, mother.
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
It flashed across my mind that I hadn't observed the 'Speedwell' in harbor.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
There is the Davis Sewing Machine Company, the Speedwell Automobile Company and many others.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall

In poetry:

And every flower in shaded nook,
Speedwell and violet,
Cried, with a wonder in their look—
So big, and dreaming yet?
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Before the Speedwell's anchor swung,
Ere yet the Mayflower's sail was spread,
While round his feet the Pilgrims clung,
The pastor spake, and thus he said:--
"Robinson Of Leyden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There's the daisy all the year, bonny lassie O!
There's the king-cup bright as gold, and the speedwell never cold,
And the arum leaves unrolled,
Bonny lassie O!
"Bonny Lassie O!" by John Clare
See! light is gleaming
In primrose brakes,
And out of its dreaming
The speedwell wakes,
And the tender tips of the timid clover
Peep forth to see if the frost be over.
"Another Spring Carol" by Alfred Austin
When Spring comes laughing
By vale and hill, By wind-flower walking
And daffodil,— Sing stars of morning,
Sing morning skies, Sing blue of speedwell,—
And my Love's eyes.
"A Song Of The Four Seasons" by Henry Austin Dobson
I walk among the daisies, as of old;
But he comes never more by lane or fold.
The same warm speedwell-field is dark with dew;
But he's away beyond a deeper blue.
A year to-day we saw the same flowers grow--
Last May! Last May! A century ago.
"The Difference" by Mary Webb

In news:

Lou Wilson, 78, sings traditional and sentimental songs passed down through her family while at her home in Speedwell, Tenn.
Russell age 88 of Speedwell , Tenn.
He was born on June 11, 1924, in Speedwell , Tenn.
Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department will re-open September 10.
The Speedwell Fire Department will re-open on September 10, Wythe County officials announced Thursday.
Speedwellracing.com Speedwell 's roller races are held on single-speed bicycles on fork-mount rollers.
A firefighter rescues a victim using a ladder at 22 Speedwell Street.
Photo by Mike Deehan A three-alarm house fire on Speedwell Street prompted a ladder rescue, damaged two neighboring homes and displaced more than a dozen people on Saturday morning.
Liberty is now safe at the Speedwell Forge Wolf Sanctuary, but has contracted lyme disease… (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer ).
Tim Schafer's Cuisine 82 Speedwell Avenue Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey 973 538-3330.
196 Speedwell Avenue, 3rd Floor Morristown, NJ 212-400-8150 www. spence -chapin.org.
Rogers, 49, of Speedwell, Tenn.