[ muhg-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈmʌgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /


any of certain weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. vulgaris, having aromatic leaves and small, greenish flower heads.

Nearby words

  1. muggletonian,
  2. muggy,
  3. mughal,
  4. mugho pine,
  5. mugshot,
  6. mugwump,
  7. mugwumps,
  8. muhajirun,
  9. muhammad,
  10. muhammad ahmed

Origin of mugwort

before 1000; Middle English; Old English mucgwyrt. See midge, wort2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mugwort


/ (ˈmʌɡˌwɜːt) /


a N temperate perennial herbaceous plant, Artemisia vulgaris, with aromatic leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
another name for crosswort

Word Origin for mugwort

Old English mucgwyrt, perhaps from Old English mycg midge

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Word Origin and History for mugwort



Old English mugcwyrt, literally "midge wort," from West Germanic *muggiwurti, from *muggjo- "fly" (see midge) + root of wort.

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