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[rib-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈrɪbˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
Origin of ribwort
1325-75; Middle English. See rib1, wort2 Unabridged
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  • We read of tea made from ribwort, from sage, from thoroughwort, from strawberry and currant leaves.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • ribwort was also used to make a so-called tea—strawberry and currant leaves, sage, and even strong medicinal herbs likewise.

British Dictionary definitions for ribwort


a Eurasian plant, Plantago lanceolata, that has lancelike ribbed leaves, which form a rosette close to the ground, and a dense spike of small white flowers: family Plantaginaceae Also called ribgrass See also plantain1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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