Motherwort definition

mŭthər-wûrt, -wôrt
Any of several plants of the genus Leonurus of the mint family, especially L. cardiaca, having clusters of small purple or pink flowers with spiny sepals.
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Any of several perennial plants, of the genus Leonurus, used in traditional medicine to help with childbirth or treat uterine disorders. [from 13th c.]
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Any of a genus (Leonurus) of weedy plants of the mint family; esp., an Old World perennial (L. cardiaca) with pink or purplish flowers and a spiny, toothed calyx.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
motherwort
Plural:
motherworts

Origin of motherwort

  • Middle English moderwort moder, mother womb (from its use in treating diseases of the uterus) mother1 wort wort wort1

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

  • From mother +"Ž wort.

    From Wiktionary