from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Prunella.


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  • The name Prunella (which belongs more rightly to another herb) has been given to the Sanicle, perhaps, through its having been originally known as Brunella, Brownwort, both because of the brown colour of its spikes, and from its being supposed to cure the disease called in Germany _die braune_, a kind of quinsy; on the doctrine of signatures, because the corolla resembles a throat with swollen glands.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • _Brunella_ and others, a botanist may recognize the rare white-flowered

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • _Calluna vulgaris_ occur on European heaths; white flowers of _Brunella vulgaris_, _Ononis repens_, _Thymus vulgaris_ and others may be seen in many localities in the habitats of the colored species.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • The willow-herb (Epilobium), the self-heal (Brunella) and the yellow pond-lilies (Nuphar) afford other instances of constant wild hybrids.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • The same was observed in the white creeping thyme, or Thymus Serpyllum album, and the white self-heal, Brunella vulgaris alba, gave even so much as 28% seedlings with purple corollas out of some 400 specimens, after being cultivated in close proximity to its parent-species.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • The only sounds of nature were the buzz of a bumble-bee feeding among the flowers of the _Brunella_ at my side, and an occasional drawl of a dog-day locust from the branches of the sycamore which threw a grateful shade about me.

    A Book of Natural History Young Folks' Library Volume XIV.

  • _P_runell, _or_ Brunell -- Gerarde calls it; and Brunella, rightly and authoritatively, Tournefort; Prunella, carelessly, Linnæus, and idly following him, the moderns, casting out all the meaning and help of its name -- of which presently.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • Brunella, Fr. Brunelle, because we may ourselves understand it as a derivation from Brune; and I bring it here before the reader's attention as giving him a perfectly instructive general type of the kind of degradation which takes place in the forms of flowers under more or less malefic influence, causing distortion and disguise of their floral structure.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers


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