Origin of madwortmad + wort; once a supposed remedy for rabies
- A low-growing plant (Asperugo procumbens) with small blue flowers, native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America.
- See alyssum.
Origin of madwortSense 1, perhaps alteration (influenced by madder) of Dutch mede, madder + wort1 (from the use of A. procumbens to make a dye ). Sense 2, originally a name for various plants supposed to cure rabies, and later also for plants of the genus Alyssum : mad, rabid + wort1 (partial translation of Latin alyssum, from Greek alusson; see alyssum).