- the unfermented or fermenting infusion of malt that after fermentation becomes beer or mash.
Origin of wort1
- a plant, herb, or vegetable (now usually used only in combination): figwort.
Origin of wort2
Examples from the Web for wort
Contemporary Examples of wort
It is unpasteurized and unfiltered, and the wort reaches the boiling point but never boils.Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
Historical Examples of wort
One only thing they feared, and that was the great St. John's wort.
This frothing and foaming of the wort is a proof that the fermentation is active.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
The natural reaction of the wort should not be interfered with.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
I haf been robbed—robbed by Denson himself, wit'out a wort of doubt.The Red Triangle
Boil them with the wort, two hours, from the time it begins to boil.A Poetical Cook-Book
Maria J. Moss
- (in combination) any of various unrelated plants, esp ones formerly used to cure diseasesliverwort; spleenwort
- the sweet liquid obtained from the soaked mixture of warm water and ground malt, used to make a malt liquor
Word Origin for wort
"a plant," Old English wyrt "root, herb," from Proto-Germanic *wurtiz (cf. Old Saxon wurt, Old Norse, Danish urt, Old High German wurz "plant, herb," German Wurz, Gothic waurts, Old Norse rot "root"), from PIE root *wrad- "twig, root" (see radish). St. John's wort attested from 15c.