from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several herbs or woody vines of the genus Aristolochia having showy, malodorous, purplish-brown to yellowish flowers with peculiar or unusual shapes. The European species A. clematitis was used as a folk medicine to aid childbirth.
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- n. Certain plant species of the genus Aristolochia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of herbs and shrubs (Aristolochia), reputed to have medicinal properties.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: The common name of the European species of Aristolochia, A. Clematitis, from its supposed remedial powers in parturition, and from it transferred to some American species, which are more usually known as snakeroot.
- n. Same as birthroot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. creeping plant having curving flowers thought to resemble fetuses; native to Europe; naturalized Great Britain and eastern North America
birth + wort (Wiktionary)