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[moon-wurt, -wawrt]
  1. any fern of the genus Botrychium, especially B. lunaria, a rare fern having fronds with crescent-shaped leaflets.
  2. honesty(def 4).
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Origin of moonwort

First recorded in 1570–80; moon + wort2
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Examples from the Web for moonwort

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for moonwort


  1. Also called (US): grape fern any of various ferns of the genus Botrychium, esp B. lunaria, which has crescent-shaped leaflets
  2. another name for honesty (def. 4)
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