[seynt-jonz-wurt, -wawrt]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019