Madwort definition

mădwûrt, -wôrt
A low-growing plant (Asperugo procumbens) with small blue flowers, native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America.
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Any of the alyssums.
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Noun

Singular:
madwort
Plural:
madworts

Origin of madwort

  • Sense 1, perhaps alteration (influenced by madder) of Dutch mede madder wort (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 wort (partial translation of Latin alyssum) (from Greek alusson alyssum)

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

  • mad +"Ž wort

    From Wiktionary