setterwort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n setterwort digitate-leaved hellebore with an offensive odor and irritant qualities when taken internally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Setterwort (Bot) The bear's-foot (Helleborus fÅ“tidus); -- so called because the root was used in settering, or inserting setons into the dewlaps of cattle. Called also pegroots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n setterwort The bear's-foot or fetid hellebore, Helleborus fætidus. Its root was formerly used as a “setter” (seton) in the process called settering (see setter). The green hellebore, H. viridis, for a similar reason was called peg-roots. (Dale, Pharmacologia (Prior).) The former has also the names setter-grass, helleboraster, and oxheal.
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