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birthwort

[burth-wurt, -wawrt]
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noun
  1. any of various plants of the genus Aristolochia, especially A. clematitis, an Old World species reputed to facilitate childbirth.Compare birthwort family.
  2. any of various other plants believed to aid childbirth.
  3. birthroot.

Origin of birthwort

First recorded in 1545–55; birth + wort2
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  • The roots of birthwort, either long or round, so used and taken as the former, are very good.

    The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher

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British Dictionary definitions for birthwort

birthwort

noun
  1. any of several climbing plants of the genus Aristolochia, esp A. clematitis of Europe, once believed to ease childbirth: family Aristolochiaceae
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