[muhth -er-wurt, -wawrt]
- a European plant, Leonorus cardiaca, of the mint family, an introduced weed in the U.S., having cut leaves with a whorl of lavender flowers in the axils.
Origin of motherwort
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Page 383, "motherworth and Virginia creeper" was changed to read "motherwort and Virginia creeper."
Thus the people ascribe to the Motherwort the property of prolonging life.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
- any of several plants of the Eurasian genus Leonurus, esp L. cardiaca, having divided leaves and clusters of small purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Word Origin for motherwort
C14: so named because it was thought to be beneficial in uterine disorders
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