[rib-wurt, -wawrt]

Origin of ribwort

1325–75; Middle English. See rib1, wort2
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Examples from the Web for ribwort

Historical Examples of ribwort

  • We read of tea made from ribwort, from sage, from thoroughwort, from strawberry and currant leaves.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • Ribwort was also used to make a so-called tea—strawberry and currant leaves, sage, and even strong medicinal herbs likewise.

British Dictionary definitions for ribwort


  1. a Eurasian plant, Plantago lanceolata, that has lancelike ribbed leaves, which form a rosette close to the ground, and a dense spike of small white flowers: family PlantaginaceaeAlso called: ribgrass See also plantain 1
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