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fleawort

[ flee-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈfliˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun

a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine.

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Also called psyllium.

Origin of fleawort

before 1000; Middle English flewort,Old English flēawyrt.See flea, wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for fleawort

fleawort
/ (ˈfliːˌwɜːt) /

noun

any of various plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. integrifolius, a European species with yellow daisy-like flowers and rosettes of downy leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
a Eurasian plantain, Plantago psyllium (or P. indica), whose seeds resemble fleas and were formerly used as a flea repellent
another name for ploughman's spikenard
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