Spiderwort meaning

spīdər-wûrt, -wôrt
Any of various plants of the genus Tradescantia of the Americas, especially T. virginiana, having long thin leaves and three-petaled blue, purple, pink, or white flowers.
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Any of a genus (Tradescantia) of fleshy perennial plants of the spiderwort family, having grasslike leaves and showy purplish, white, or pink flowers.
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Designating a family (Commelinaceae, order Commelinales) of monocotyledonous plants, including the dayflower and wandering Jew.
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Origin of spiderwort

  • Originally, any of various European plants of the genus Anthericum, later also applied to plants of the genus Tradescantia spider (perhaps because the long leaves of both genera typically grow upward and then bend sharply downward, resembling a spider's bowed legs, or because the species A. ramosum was used in ancient times to treat the bite of the European tarantula) wort

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

  • From Wiktionary