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pilewort

[ pahyl-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈpaɪlˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun
Also called fireweed. a weedy composite plant, Erechtites hieracifolia, having narrow flower heads enclosed in green bracts.
a North American figwort, Scrophularia marilandica, having small, greenish flowers.
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Origin of pilewort

1570–80; pile4 + wort1, so called from its use in medicine

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British Dictionary definitions for pilewort

pilewort
/ (ˈpaɪlˌwɜːt) /

noun
any of several plants, such as lesser celandine, thought to be effective in treating piles
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