pilewort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pilewort perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pilewort (Bot) A plant (Ranunculus Ficaria of Linnæus) whose tuberous roots have been used in poultices as a specific for the piles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pilewort One of the buttercups, Ranunculus Ficaria, common in Europe and western Asia. It produces annually grain-like tubers, sometimes gathered for food, and locally fancied to have fallen from above. Also called celandine and figwort.
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