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Comfrey \Com"frey\, n. [Prob. from F. conferve, L. conferva, fr. confervere to boil together, in medical language, to heal, grow together. So called on account of its healing power, for which reason it was also called consolid

  1. ] (Bot.) A rough, hairy, perennial plant of several species, of the genus Symphytum.

    Note: A decoction of the mucilaginous root of the ``common comfrey'' ( Symphytum officinale) is used in cough mixtures, etc.; and the gigantic ``prickly comfrey'' ( Symphytum asperrimum) is somewhat cultivated as a forage plant.


n. Any of several species of perennial herbs of the genus (taxlink Symphytum genus noshow=1), often specifically (taxlink Symphytum officinale species noshow=1).

  1. n. perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas [syn: cumfrey]

  2. leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked [syn: healing herb]

Comfrey, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
Population (2000): 367
Housing Units (2000): 171
Land area (2000): 0.420939 sq. miles (1.090226 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.420939 sq. miles (1.090226 sq. km)
FIPS code: 12772
Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
Location: 44.109328 N, 94.904116 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 56019
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Comfrey, MN

Comfrey (also comphrey) is a common name for plants in the genus Symphytum. Comfrey species are important herbs in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine. The most commonly used species is Russian comfrey Symphytum × uplandicum, which is a cross or hybrid of Symphytum officinale (common comfrey) and Symphytum asperum (rough comfrey).

Usage examples of "comfrey".

I make a powerful home remedy made from comfrey and jewelweed, guaranteed to take away itching faster than you can say William Jefferson Clinton.

Also meadow-sweet, meadow-rue, and comfrey of every shade of purple, the water avens and forget-me-not, also that loveliest plant the bog-bean, with trefoil leaves and feathery blossoms.

Some, like comfrey, are commercially available, but I prefer to buy the dried herbs in their pure form and make my own recipes.

A comfrey poultice, too, but I brought comfrey and powdered slippery elm with me.

She made a paste out of boiling water and powdered slippery elm bark, worked powdered comfrey root into it and spread the mixture, still hot, on a bandage.

Sister Hyacinthe knelt beside the man, crushed the puffball over the unpleasant hole in his arm and carefully wrapped the warm comfrey poultice around the arm.

They dined early on beef stew, homemade bread and cottage cheese, and were drinking comfrey tea on the back steps when Alfie emerged from the woods lugging armfuls of boards, a long saw and a duffel bag.

When Brill told me Sister Hyacinthe was going to make a fresh comfrey poultice tonight I had to come and watch.

For a main dish she would stuff comfrey leaves with cheese and breadcrumbs.

As she peeled the dark brown skin off the comfrey roots she had picked on the way back, a glutinous mucilage oozed out.

She chopped the white comfrey root and applied the gummy substance directly to the wound -- it stopped the bleeding and would help heal the bone -- then wrapped it with more soft leather.

She brought it inside to put into the wooden cooking pot, then decided to add a little of the leftover comfrey root as well.

Bone mending and wound healing came to mind when she saw the large downy comfrey leaves beside the roots drying outside in the sun, and the colorful marigolds were healing for open wounds, ulcers, and skin sores.

Holding the pressure point with one hand, Ayla dipped comfrey root in water to rinse it.

She made a poultice of the comfrey root and wrapped the leg in soft leather.