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spiderwort

[ spahy-der-wurt, -wawrt ]

noun

  1. any plant of the genus Tradescantia, having blue, purple, or rose-colored flowers.
  2. any of several related plants.


spiderwort

/ ˈspaɪdəˌwɜːt /

noun

  1. any of various plants of the American genus Tradescantia, esp T. virginiana, having blue, purplish, or pink flowers and widely grown as house plants: family Commelinaceae See also tradescantia
  2. any of various similar or related plants


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Word History and Origins

Origin of spiderwort1

First recorded in 1590–1600; spider + wort 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spiderwort1

C17: so called because of the spidery shape of its stamens

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Example Sentences

The spiderwort was a rich blue with its two large petals rounded, while the third one was tiny and colorless.

Among the best for this purpose are the spiderwort (Tradescantia) and Scilla.

There are four families of the order, the spiderwort belonging to the highest one, Commelyneæ.

Virginian Spiderwort, Dandelion, and Nightshade are ready at six in the morning.

A good example is furnished by the common spiderwort (Fig. 1).

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