madwort

[ mad-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈmædˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /

noun

a mat-forming plant, Aurinia saxatilis (or Alyssum saxatille), of the mustard family, having spatulate leaves and open clusters of pale yellow flowers.

Nearby words

  1. madurese,
  2. maduro,
  3. maduromycosis,
  4. madwoman,
  5. madwoman of chaillot, the,
  6. madzoon,
  7. mae,
  8. mae west,
  9. maeander,
  10. maebashi

Origin of madwort

First recorded in 1590–1600; mad + wort2

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British Dictionary definitions for madwort

madwort

/ (ˈmædˌwɜːt) /

noun

a low-growing Eurasian boraginaceous plant, Asperugo procumbens, with small blue flowers
any of certain other plants, such as alyssum

Word Origin for madwort

C16: once alleged to be a cure for madness

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