[ pen-ee-wurt, -wawrt ]

  1. any of several plants having round or roundish leaves, as the navelwort.

Origin of pennywort

First recorded in 1275–1325, pennywort is from the Middle English word penywort.See penny, wort2

Words Nearby pennywort Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pennywort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pennywort


/ (ˈpɛnɪˌwɜːt) /

  1. Also called: navelwort a crassulaceous Eurasian rock plant, Umbilicus rupestris (or Cotyledon umbilicus), with whitish-green tubular flowers and rounded leaves

  2. a marsh plant, Hydrocotyle vulgaris, of Europe and North Africa, having circular leaves and greenish-pink flowers: family Hydrocotylaceae

  1. a gentianaceous plant, Obolaria virginica, of E North America, with fleshy scalelike leaves and small white or purplish flowers

  2. any of various other plants with rounded penny-like leaves

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