Leadwort definition

lĕdwûrt, -wôrt
Any of various chiefly tropical ornamental plants of the genus Plumbago, having five-lobed often blue flowers.
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Any of various plants of the genus Ceratostigma, especially C. plumbaginoides, having shiny leaves and blue flowers and often grown as a ground cover.
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Any of several shrubby plants (genus Plumbago) of a family (Plumbaginaceae, order Plumbaginales) of dicotyledonous plants grown for their ornamental white, blue, or red flowers, esp. in warm climates.
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(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.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
leadwort
Plural:
leadworts

Origin of leadwort

  • Translation of Latin plumbāgō a kind of plant (perhaps of the genus Plumbago) from plumbum lead plumbago

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • lead +"Ž wort

    From Wiktionary