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boneset

[ bohn-set ]
/ ˈboʊnˌsɛt /
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noun

any composite plant of the genus Eupatorium, especially E. perfoliatum, of North America, having white flowers in a flat-topped cluster.

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Origin of boneset

1810–20, Americanism;bone + set (v.), so named (by hyperbole) because supposed to have healing properties
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boneset
/ (ˈbəʊnˌsɛt) /

noun

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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