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Named after Saint Veronica.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /vəˈɹɒnɪkə/
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veronica (plural veronicas)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) The image of Jesus's face believed to have been made on the cloth with which St Veronica wiped his face as he went to be crucified; or the cloth used for this.
    • 1973, Nicholas Monsarrat, The Kapillan of Malta:
      A veil that had wiped off the sweat of Christ? Who could possibly believe that? (…) The only true Veronica of this century was the veronica of the matador – the classic slow swing of the cape before the bull’s face, imitating that holy wiping, mocking it.
    • 1988, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      He wiped the lady’s martini glass, having had some trouble with a kind of veronica of lipstick, spat in it viciously, then washed it again.
  2. (bullfighting) A circular swinging movement of the cape, used to avoid the bull.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      The cougher makes a lunge. Slothrop sweeps aside, gives him a quick veronica with his cape, sticks his foot out and trips the kid, who lies on the ground cursing
    • 1989, Martin Amis, London Fields, Vintage 2003, p. 357:
      He stepped aside as a fight got going between an attendant and some kid by the Alkool display, hopping backwards in a practised veronica when a bottle broke, fearful for his flares.
  3. (botany) A flower of the genus Veronica, usually having blue petals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 871:
      meadows full of wildflowers that seemed to Kit enormous, violets as big as your hand, yellow lilies and blue veronica you could shelter from the rain under
    • 1978, Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea, Vintage 1999, p. 11:
      There are also (placed there by man or nature?) quite a lot of skinny fuchsias and dense veronicas, all in flower, and some kind of rather attractive grey-leaved sage.



veronica (third-person singular simple present veronicas, present participle veronicaing, simple past and past participle veronicaed)

  1. To draw a muleta over and away from a bull's face in bullfighting.




From the proper name Veronica


veronica f (plural veroniche)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) veronica (cloth)
  2. (bullfighting) veronica (movement of the cape)
  3. (botany) veronica (flower)




Borrowed from English veronica.


veronica f (genitive singular [please provide], plural [please provide])

  1. (botany) veronica