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stitchwort

[ stich-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈstɪtʃˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for stitchwort

stitchwort
/ (ˈstɪtʃˌwɜːt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for stitchwort

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