[sand-wurt, -wawrt]


any plant belonging to the genus Arenaria, of the pink family, having narrow leaves and clusters of usually white flowers, many of which grow in sandy soil.

Origin of sandwort

First recorded in 1590–1600; sand + wort2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sandwort

Historical Examples of sandwort

  • How wise, too, is the sandwort in its choice of a dwelling-place!

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

  • Here a few grass-blades, there a tiny plant of Sandwort, possibly a Rock Bedstraw, begin to root themselves in the moss.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Pistil of a Sandwort, with vertical and transverse section of the ovary: free central placenta.

British Dictionary definitions for sandwort



any of numerous caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Arenaria, which grow in dense tufts on sandy soil and have white or pink solitary flowers
any of various related plants
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