Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
designating a large family (Scrophulariaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the foxglove and snapdragon
any of a genus (Scrophularia) of plants of the figwort family, with square stems and small flowers
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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 various plants of the genus Scrophularia having loose branching clusters of small greenish or purple flowers.
Origin: fig1, piles (obsolete) + wort1 (from its use as a folk medicine).