[ speer-wurt, -wawrt ]

  1. any of several buttercups having lance-shaped leaves and small flowers, as Ranunculus ambigens, of the eastern U.S., growing in mud.

Origin of spearwort

before 1000; Middle English sperewort,Old English sperewyrt.See spear1, wort2

Words Nearby spearwort

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How to use spearwort in a sentence

  • Others, such as the greater spearwort (Ranunculus lingua), have long tongue-shaped leaves.

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British Dictionary definitions for spearwort


/ (ˈspɪəˌwɜːt) /

  1. any of several Eurasian ranunculaceous plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. flammula (lesser spearwort) and R. lingua (great spearwort), which grow in wet places and have long narrow leaves and yellow flowers: See also buttercup

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