Spiderwort Definition

spīdər-wûrt, -wôrt
noun
Any of a genus (Tradescantia) of fleshy perennial plants of the spiderwort family, having grasslike leaves and showy purplish, white, or pink flowers.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Designating a family (Commelinaceae, order Commelinales) of monocotyledonous plants, including the dayflower and wandering Jew.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Spiderwort

Noun

Singular:
spiderwort
Plural:
spiderworts

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

  • spider +"Ž wort

    From Wiktionary

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