masterwort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n masterwort any plant of the genus Astrantia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Masterwort (Bot) A tall and coarse European umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum Ostruthium, formerly Imperatoria).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n masterwort A name of several umbelliferous plants. Properly, Peucedanum (Imperatoria) Ostruthium, a native of central Europe, formerly much cultivated as a pot-herb. Its root is an aromatic stimulant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Masterwort a perennial umbelliferous herb, native to northern Europe, its root reputed as a stomachic, sudorific, diuretic, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. maistre (Fr. maître)—L. magister, from root of magnus, great.