Saint John's Wort Definition

Any of various herbs or shrubs of the genus Hypericum, having opposite leaves and yellow flowers with five petals and numerous stamens.
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Webster's New World
A preparation made from one of these plants (H. perforatum), used in herbal medicine especially as an antidepressant.
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Origin of Saint John's Wort

  • From its being gathered on Saint John's Eve to ward off evil

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

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