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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.

Nearby words

bonehead, bonelet, boner, bones, bones of digits, boneset, bonesetter, boneshaker, boneyard, bonfire, bong

Origin of boneset

1810–20, Americanism; bone + set (v.), so named (by hyperbole) because supposed to have healing properties
Also called thoroughwort. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boneset


/ (ˈbəʊnˌsɛt) /


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
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