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 plumbāgō, 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 Websterâ€™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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.