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Any of various plants of the genus Veronica of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and clusters of small, usually blue flowers. Also called veronica.

[From archaic speed well, farewell, Godspeed (to you) : speed + well (from the fact that the flowers of V. chamaedrys wilt and fall off soon after being picked).]
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(Plants) any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
[C16: from speed + well1]
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any plant, shrub, or small tree of the genus Veronica, of the figwort family, having opposite leaves and spikes of small flowers.
[1570–80; speed + well1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speedwell - any plant of the genus Veronicaspeedwell - any plant of the genus Veronica  
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Veronica - widespread genus of herbs with pink or white or blue or purple flowers: speedwell
field speedwell, Veronica agrestis - European plant with minute axillary blue flowers on long stalks; widely naturalized in America
corn speedwell, Veronica arvensis - erect or procumbent blue-flowered annual found in waste places of Europe and America
bird's eye, germander speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys - Old World plant with axillary racemes of blue-and-white flowers
common speedwell, gypsyweed, Veronica officinalis - common hairy European perennial with pale blue or lilac flowers in axillary racemes
purslane speedwell, Veronica peregrina - North American annual with small white flowers widely naturalized as a weed in South America and Europe
thyme-leaved speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia - perennial decumbent herb having small opposite leaves and racemes of blue flowers; throughout Eurasia and the New World
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[ˈspiːdwel] N (Bot) → verónica f
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Speedwell warn Delamayn that he was in broken health, when we were visiting together at Windygates House last month.
Speedwell explained everything which I was not able of myself to understand, in the kindest manner.
Speedwell only spoke of changes for the worse in him which a woman would be likely to understand.
Speedwell mentioned some things which I have forgotten.
Over all the sun was streaming, to all the birds were singing, to all the primroses were yellow, and the speedwell blue, and the country, however they interpreted her, was uttering her cry of "now." She did not free Leonard yet, and the knife plunged deeper into his heart as the train drew up at Hilton.
The wood I walk in on this mild May day, with the young yellow-brown foliage of the oaks between me and the blue sky, the white star-flowers and the blue-eyed speedwell and the ground ivy at my feet, what grove of tropic palms, what strange ferns or splendid broad-petalled blossoms, could ever thrill such deep and delicate fibres within me as this home scene?
He was a member of the historic Vail family of Morristown, New Jersey, which had operated the Speedwell Iron Works for four or five generations.
Chair Brian Cooke, in his annual general meeting statement, said that due to engineering and productivity improvements in the machining business, Castings expects an improved performance from CNC Speedwell in the current year ending March 31, 2020.
Speaking of the previously struggling CNC Speedwell machining operation, Mr Cooke added: "With the new management team having been in place for the full year, the business has been brought back under operational control; output levels are such that the significant levels of extra transport costs ceased early in the year and the loss for the year has reduced."
The stretch of road between Priory Road and Speedwell Road has not been improved for as long as I have been a bus driver, the lanes are too narrow and inadequate for large vehicles to fit.
The large tree came down between two cars in Speedwell Street as Huddersfield was hit by heavy winds on Friday and Saturday.