Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Aristolochiaceae — over 500 species of shrubs and herbs, many having medicinal properties.

Etymologies

From Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Upon the shady banks of the Madelina there grows a climbing plant which the botanists call Aristolochia, the flowers of which are four feet in circumference, and children amuse themselves with covering their heads with them as hats.

    Peter Parley's Tales About America and Australia

  • The Botanic Garden's restored conservatory – which soars to a height of 80 feet -- contains rare orchids from the Himalayas, medicinal plants such as Aristolochia littoralis from Central America, and blooming cacti from the Mojave Desert.

    Home of the Free Stuff

  • Species include Aristolochia rotunda (Smearwort); Atriplex prostrata (Spear-leaved Orache); and Chenopodium album (White Goosefoot).

    Waiter, there's poison in my soup

  • The Aristolochia reminds me of a carnivorous plant.

    Kopper King And Friends « Fairegarden

  • It might have been a bitter root, such as Patroclus later used on a similar wound; an ancient commentator suggested Achillea (woundwort) or Aristolochia (birthwort).

    The Trojan War

  • Aristolochia is an herb that can be grown in various parts of the world, but made its ingress in China, and it's been used for many, many years, probably centuries.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2004

  • LIPMAN: Well, the top criminal on our most-wanted list is Aristolochia.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2004

  • There are some other sorts of herbs which have got their names from their virtues and operations, as Aristolochia, because it helpeth women in childbirth; Lichen, for that it cureth the disease of that name; Mallow, because it mollifieth; Callithricum, because it maketh the hair of a bright colour; Alyssum, Ephemerum, Bechium,

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • And inside are leafy plants, such as the strange Dutchman's pipe vine (Aristolochia tagala), on which the caterpillars of several birdwing butterflies feed.

    1 Introduction and Summary

  • Enriching habitats with butterfly food plants (notably the Dutchman's pipe vine, Aristolochia tagala) has greatly increased the numbers of Papua New Guinea's two common birdwing species, Ornithoptera priamus and Troides oblongomaculatus.

    1 Introduction and Summary

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