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mugwort

[muhg-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈmʌgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any of certain weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. vulgaris, having aromatic leaves and small, greenish flower heads.
Origin of mugwort
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mucgwyrt. See midge, wort2
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mugwort

/ˈmʌɡˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
a N temperate perennial herbaceous plant, Artemisia vulgaris, with aromatic leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
another name for crosswort
Word Origin
Old English mucgwyrt, perhaps from Old English mycgmidge
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Word Origin and History for mugwort
n.

Old English mugcwyrt, literally "midge wort," from West Germanic *muggiwurti, from *muggjo- "fly" (see midge) + root of wort.

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