- any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Hypericum, having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves.
Origin of St.-John's-wort
First recorded in 1745–55; so named because gathered on St. John's Eve to ward off evil
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Saint John's wort
Word Origin for Saint John's wort
C15: so named because it was traditionally gathered on Saint John's Eve (June 23) as a protection against evil spirits
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