any of a genus (Pedicularis) of perennial plants of the figwort family, with pinnately divided leaves and spiked clusters of yellow, rose, or purple flowers
Origin of lousewortso named from former belief that sheep feeding on the plants became infested with vermin
Any of numerous hemiparasitic plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of irregular, usually hooded or beaked flowers.
Origin of lousewortFrom the belief that sheep feeding on it were prone to lice
- (botany) Any of very many semiparasitic flowering plants, of the genus Pedicularis, related to wood betony.