- the unfermented or fermenting infusion of malt that after fermentation becomes beer or mash.
Origin of wort1
- a plant, herb, or vegetable (now usually used only in combination): figwort.
Origin of wort2
Examples from the Web for wort
It is unpasteurized and unfiltered, and the wort reaches the boiling point but never boils.Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
One only thing they feared, and that was the great St. John's wort.
This frothing and foaming of the wort is a proof that the fermentation is active.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
The natural reaction of the wort should not be interfered with.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
I haf been robbed—robbed by Denson himself, wit'out a wort of doubt.The Red Triangle
Boil them with the wort, two hours, from the time it begins to boil.A Poetical Cook-Book
Maria J. Moss
- (in combination) any of various unrelated plants, esp ones formerly used to cure diseasesliverwort; spleenwort
- the sweet liquid obtained from the soaked mixture of warm water and ground malt, used to make a malt liquor
Word Origin and History for wort
"a plant," Old English wyrt "root, herb," from Proto-Germanic *wurtiz (cf. Old Saxon wurt, Old Norse, Danish urt, Old High German wurz "plant, herb," German Wurz, Gothic waurts, Old Norse rot "root"), from PIE root *wrad- "twig, root" (see radish). St. John's wort attested from 15c.