Saint John's wort

nounusually abbreviated to: St John's wort
    • any of numerous shrubs or herbaceous plants of the temperate genus Hypericum, such as H. perforatum, having yellow flowers and glandular leaves: family Hypericaceae

    • a preparation of this plant often used to treat mild depression: See also rose of Sharon (def. 1), tutsan

Origin of 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

Words Nearby Saint John's wort

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