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figwort

[fig-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
  1. any of numerous tall, usually coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophularia, having a terminal cluster of small greenish-brown to purplish-brown flowers.
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Origin of figwort

First recorded in 1540–50; fig1 + wort2
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Examples from the Web for figwort

Historical Examples

  • Fanning the air with gauzy wings, the honey bee comes for a feast on the flowers of the figwort.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • Barrett states that he has found it at the flowers of figwort (Scrophularia aquatica).

  • One species, Vespa sylvestris, which seldom enters our houses, is very partial to the flowers of Scrophularia (Figwort).

  • The mother butterflies select as food plants for the larvae various members of either the plantain or figwort families.

  • Scrophularia, or figwort (Scrophularia marilandica), contains a principle which has a digitalis-like action on the heart.


British Dictionary definitions for figwort

figwort

noun
  1. any scrophulariaceous plant of the N temperate genus Scrophularia, having square stems and small brown or greenish flowers
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