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com•frey  (kumfrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -freys. 
  1. Plant Biologyany coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of small, white, rose-colored, or purplish flowers.
  • Medieval Latin *confervia for Latin conferva conferva
  • Anglo-French cumfirie, Old French confire
  • Middle English cumfirie, conferye 1275–1325


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comfrey /ˈkʌmfrɪ/ n
  1. any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva



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