Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
any of a genus (Aristolochia) of vines of the birthwort family with brownish or purplish -shaped flowers: formerly supposed to be of help in childbirth
designating a family (Aristolochiaceae, order Aristolochiales) of dicotyledonous plants, shrubs, and woody vines, including Dutchman's pipe
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Any of several herbs or woody vines of the genus Aristolochia having showy, malodorous, purplish-brown to yellowish flowers with peculiar or unusual shapes. The European species A. clematitis was used as a folk medicine to aid childbirth.