moonwort

[ moon-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈmunˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun

any fern of the genus Botrychium, especially B. lunaria, a rare fern having fronds with crescent-shaped leaflets.

Nearby words

  1. moonstone,
  2. moonstricken,
  3. moonstruck,
  4. moonwalk,
  5. moonward,
  6. moony,
  7. moor,
  8. moor grass,
  9. moorage,
  10. moorbird

Origin of moonwort

First recorded in 1570–80; moon + wort2

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British Dictionary definitions for moonwort

moonwort

/ (ˈmuːnˌwɜːt) /

noun

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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