Origin of leadwortlead + wort
- Any of various chiefly tropical ornamental plants of the genus Plumbago, having five-lobed often blue flowers.
- Any of various plants of the genus Ceratostigma, especially C. plumbaginoides, having shiny leaves and blue flowers and often grown as a ground cover. In both senses also called plumbago.
Origin of leadwortTranslation of Latin plumbag&omacron;, a kind of plant (perhaps of the genus Plumbago), from plumbum, lead; see plumbago.
- (botany) Any of various maritime herbs of the genus Plumbago, some of which have lead-coloured spots on the leaves or nearly lead-coloured flowers.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.