- any fern of the genus Botrychium, especially B. lunaria, a rare fern having fronds with crescent-shaped leaflets.
- honesty(def 4).
Origin of moonwort
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I have the wild rosehip, and the flat shield of the moonwort, and a pea-pod, and more whose names I know not.The Dove in the Eagle's Nest
Charlotte M. Yonge
Moonwort has (or perhaps had) a miraculous effect on iron, with power to open locks or unshoe horses.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts
- Also called (US): grape fern any of various ferns of the genus Botrychium, esp B. lunaria, which has crescent-shaped leaflets
- another name for honesty (def. 4)
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