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stitchwort

[stich-wurt, -wawrt]
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noun
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Stellaria, of the pink family, having white flowers.
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Origin of stitchwort

1225–75; Middle English stichewort, Old English sticwyrt agrimony. See stitch, wort2
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Examples from the Web for stitchwort

Historical Examples

  • In Devonshire the flowers of Stitchwort are known as Pixies.

    Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics

    Richard Folkard

  • The hedgerows had burst into tender green, and the banks were spangled with stitchwort and celandine stars.

    A Terrible Tomboy

    Angela Brazil

  • It feeds, in June and July, on flowers of stitchwort (Stellaria holostea).

  • The Stitchwort is a tall, slender plant, and the flowers are large and very pretty.

  • Its name, stitchwort, no doubt alludes to the plant's supposed virtue in cases of "stitches" in the side.


British Dictionary definitions for stitchwort

stitchwort

noun
  1. any of several low-growing N temperate herbaceous plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Stellaria, having small white star-shaped flowers
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Word Origin

C13: so named because it was once thought to be a remedy for stitches in the side
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