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any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers.
Historical Examples

There were buttercups, avens, and white nettles in flower on December 31st.
Nature Near London Richard Jefferies

Commend me to the prayers of the nuns of the avens Sainte Vierge.
Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas

avens, the English name of two rosaceous plants of the genus Geum.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3 Various

Two species occur in Britain under the popular name “avens.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8 Various

Herbaceous vegetation consists largely of muhly grass, geum, and avens.
Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus Henry S. Fitch

noun (functioning as sing) (pl) -ens
any of several temperate or arctic rosaceous plants of the genus Geum, such as G. rivale (water avens), which has a purple calyx and orange-pink flowers See also herb bennet
mountain avens, either of two trailing evergreen white-flowered rosaceous shrubs of the genus Dryas that grow on mountains in N temperate regions and in the Arctic


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