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any of several composite plants of the genus Petasites, having large, woolly leaves said to have been used to wrap butter.
Historical Examples

Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution Agnes Arber
Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution Agnes Arber
The Moths of the British Isles, First Series Richard South

a plant of the Eurasian genus Petasites with fragrant whitish or purple flowers, woolly stems, and leaves formerly used to wrap butter: family Asteraceae (composites)


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