[ woond-wurt, -wawrt ]

  1. any of several plants of the genus Stachys, belonging to the mint family, especially S. palustris, having hairy stems and leaves and whorled clusters of small, reddish flowers.

Origin of woundwort

First recorded in 1540–50; wound1 + wort2

Words Nearby woundwort

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How to use woundwort in a sentence

  • That “Clownes woundwort” owes its name to a labourer who healed himself therewith of a cut with a scythe in his leg.

    The Old English Herbals | Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

British Dictionary definitions for woundwort


/ (ˈwuːndˌwɜːt) /

  1. any of various plants of the genus Stachys, such as S. arvensis (field woundwort), having purple, scarlet, yellow, or white flowers and formerly used for dressing wounds: family Lamiaceae (labiates)

  2. any of various other plants used in this way

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