Ver·be·na n. Bot. A genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.
Note: ☞ Verbena, or vervain, was used by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Druids, in their sacred rites.
Essence of verbena, Oil of verbena, a perfume prepared from the lemon verbena; also, a similar perfume properly called grass oil. See Grass oil, under Grass.
Lemon verbena, or Sweet verbena, a shrubby verbenaceous plant (Lippia citriodora), with narrow leaves which exhale a pleasant, lemonlike fragrance when crushed.
n : any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of
the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of
variously colored flowers [syn: vervain]