Woundwort

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Woundwort (Bot) Any one of certain plants whose soft, downy leaves have been used for dressing wounds, as the kidney vetch, and several species of the labiate genus Stachys.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n woundwort A plant of the genus Stachys, particularly either of two species occurring in Great Britain, S. palustris, the marsh or clown's woundwort, and S. Germanica. The name alludes to a supposed vulnerary property.
    • n woundwort The kidney-vetch, Anthyllis vulneraria, and occasionally other plants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Woundwort a name applied to several plants of popular repute as vulneraries, as the kidney-vetch, &c.: a plant of genus Stachys, the marsh or clown's woundwort
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wund (Ger. wunde, Ice. und)—A.S. wund, wounded; prob. orig. pa.p. of A.S. winnan, to fight, strive.

Usage

In poetry:

In the garden she hath found
Herb of grace and fever-few;
Woundwort there doth much abound,
Heartsease too.
"The Gardener" by Katharine Tynan