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[stahr-wurt, -wawrt]
  1. any of several chickweeds of the genus Stellaria.
  2. any of several plants of the genera Aster and Arenaria.
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Origin of starwort

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at star, wort2
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Examples from the Web for starwort

Historical Examples

  • The starwort, a great favorite with the Japanese, was met in abundance.

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    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • Starwort I have already spoken of, as a good purveyor of oxygen.

  • His old skin hung before him on the starwort, white-gleaming and transparent, a perfect, neatly folded model of himself.

  • Starwort, too, they are very fond of, and soon clear the bottom of every fragment.

  • The lovely green of the starwort, spread over the whole of the surface of the water, has a fairy-like effect.

British Dictionary definitions for starwort


  1. any of several plants with star-shaped flowers, esp the stitchwort
  2. water starwort any of several aquatic plants of the genus Callitriche, having a star-shaped rosette of floating leaves: family Callitrichaceae
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