[pen-ee-wurt, -wawrt]

Origin of pennywort

First recorded in 1275–1325, pennywort is from the Middle English word penywort. See penny, wort2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
  3. a gentianaceous plant, Obolaria virginica, of E North America, with fleshy scalelike leaves and small white or purplish flowers
  4. any of various other plants with rounded penny-like leaves
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