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slipperwort

[slip-er-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈslɪp ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, having opposite or whorled leaves and slipper-shaped flowers.
Origin of slipperwort
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; slipper1 + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for slipperwort

slipperwort

/ˈslɪpəˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
another name for calceolaria
Word Origin
C19: so called because of the slipper-like shape of the flower
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