lousewort

[ lous-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈlaʊsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /

noun

any plant belonging to the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, as the wood betony, formerly supposed to cause lice in sheep feeding on it: one species, P. furbishiae (Furbish lousewort), of parts of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, having finely toothed leaves and a cluster of yellow flowers, is endangered and was thought to be extinct until specimens were discovered in 1946 and again in 1976.

Words nearby lousewort

Origin of lousewort

First recorded in 1570–80; louse + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for lousewort

lousewort
/ (ˈlaʊsˌwɜːt) /

noun

any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowersSee also betony (def. 3)
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