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wormseed

[ wurm-seed ]

noun

  1. the dried, unexpanded flower heads of a wormwood, Artemisia cina Levant wormseed, or the fruit of certain goosefoots, especially Chenopodium anthelminticum (or C. ambrosioides ), the Mexican tea or American wormseed, used as an anthelmintic drug.
  2. any of these plants.


wormseed

/ ˈwɜːmˌsiːd /

noun

  1. any of various plants having seeds or other parts used in medicine to treat worm infestation, esp an American chenopodiaceous plant, Chenopodium anthelminticum (or C. ambrosioides ) ( American wormseed ), and the santonica plant
  2. the part of any of these plants that is used as an anthelmintic


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wormseed1

First recorded in 1350–1400, wormseed is from the Middle English word wyrmsed. See worm, seed

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Example Sentences

Take wormseed, half a drachm, flour of sulphur, a drachm; mix and make a powder.

Castor oil, also alone or with a few drops of the oil of turpentine or of wormseed, is also an effectual remedy.

Wormseed, or the seed of Chenopodium anthelminticum, has been a favorite remedy for the round-worm, especially in children.

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