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fleawort

[flee-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
  1. a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine.
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Origin of fleawort

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

fleawort

noun
  1. 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)
  2. a Eurasian plantain, Plantago psyllium (or P. indica), whose seeds resemble fleas and were formerly used as a flea repellent
  3. another name for ploughman's spikenard
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