Lungwort

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lungwort (Bot) An herb of the genus Pulmonaria Pulmonaria officinalis), of Europe; -- so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lungwort A European boraginaceous plant, Pulmonaria officinalis. It is named from a supposed resemblance of its spotted leaves to the appearance of the human lungs, on account of which it was formerly used in pulmonary diseases.
    • n lungwort An American plant, Mertensia Virginica, of the same family, at first referred to Pulmonaria. M. maritima is the sea-lungwort.
    • n lungwort A lichen, Sticta pulmonaria, somewhat resembling in shape a human lung, and formerly regarded as a lung-remedy: same as hazel-crottles.
    • n lungwort The toothwort, Lathræa squamaria, a reputed remedy for diseases of the lungs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lungwort an herb with purple flowers and spotted leaves: a lichen on tree-trunks, used as a remedy for pulmonary diseases
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lunge, pl. lungan, the lungs; cog. with light (adj.).

Usage

In literature:

Lungwort, maiden-hair, hyssop, elecampane and hoarhound steeped together, is an almost certain cure for a cough.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Such are the pansy, violet, speedwell, hairbell, lungwort, blue geranium, etc.
"Birds and Man" by W. H. Hudson
The changing blue and pink flowers of the Lungwort, somewhat characteristic of its family, are curious also.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
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In news:

I have perused Kephart's Camping and Woodcraft many times, but somehow or other had consistently overlooked his entry on lungwort bread (vol.
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