Definitions for valerianvəˈlɪər i ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

va•le•ri•anvəˈlɪər i ən(n.)

  1. any plant of the genus Valeriana, as the common valerian V. officinalis, having white, lavender, or pink flowers and a root that is used medicinally.

    Category: Plants

  2. a drug consisting of or made from the root, formerly used as a nerve sedative and antispasmodic.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of valerian:

1350–1400; ME valirian < ML valeriāna

Va•le•ri•anvəˈlɪər i ən(n.)

  1. (Publius Licinius Valerianus), died a .d . c260, Roman emperor 253–60.

    Category: Ancient History, Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. valerian(noun)

    a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers


  1. valerian(Noun)

    A hardy perennial flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.

  2. valerian(Noun)

    More generally, any plant of the genus Valeriana.

  3. valerian(Noun)

    The root of Valeriana officinalis, used in herbal medicine.

  4. Valerian(ProperNoun)

    the Roman emperor, Publius Licinius Valerianus

  5. Origin: From valeriane or mediaeval valeriana, from the personal name Valerius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Valerian(noun)

    any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (V. officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic


  1. Valerian

    Valerian, also known as Valerian the Elder, was Roman Emperor from 253 to 259. He was taken captive by Persian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa, becoming the only Roman Emperor who was captured as a prisoner of war, causing instability in the Empire.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Valerian

    A plant genus of the family VALERIANACEAE, order Dipsacales, subclass Asteridae, class Magnoliopsida. It is best known for the sedative use and valepotriate content of the roots. It is sometimes called Garden Heliotrope but is unrelated to true Heliotrope (HELIOTROPIUM).


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