Other Word Forms of Spiderwort
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
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