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[bohn-set] /ˈboʊnˌsɛt/
any composite plant of the genus Eupatorium, especially E. perfoliatum, of North America, having white flowers in a flat-topped cluster.
Also called thoroughwort.
Origin of boneset
1810-20, Americanism; bone + set (v.), so named (by hyperbole) because supposed to have healing properties Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • boneset, wormwood and catnip had their places on the wall, together with ears of corn and strings of dried apples.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • All she wants is a bit o' boneset tea, or sage an' sassafras.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • It recommends plenty of blue pills and boneset for 041 the ague.

  • She was more than ever convinced of the efficacy of boneset.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Violet, pennyroyal or boneset tea, is excellent to promote perspiration in case of sudden chill.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Look at the seeds of the boneset, joe-pye-weed, milkweed, and goldenrod!

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The flowers are so much like those of boneset that you would suspect their relationship at once.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • If it wasn't—only-half a lung, and I could carry the boneset 'long with us.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • It makes me sick to use it; I feel as if the doctor was going to order me some boneset tea.

  • They'd go to drugging themselves with boneset tea, and mullein tea, and bitter-root powders and wahoo bark, said Gray.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for boneset


any of various North American plants of the genus Eupatorium, esp E. perfoliatum, which has flat clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called agueweed, feverwort, thoroughwort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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