Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of figwort or Scrophularia (Scrophularia vernalis), and other species of the same genus, mostly perennials with inconspicuous coarse flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of figwort or Scrophularia (Scrophularia vernalis), and other species of the same genus, mostly perennials with inconspicuous coarse flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the plants Scrophularia aquatica and S. nodosa, derived from the color of the stems.
  • n. A name of the self-heal, Brunella vulgaris, from its use in a disease of the throat called die bräune (the brown) in German.

Etymologies

brown +‎ wort (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She found brownwort, with its loose spike of strangely shaped brown flowers, in a damp and shady place near the water, and she collected the whole plants to make into a wash, for their skin-healing and itch-relieving properties.

    The Plains of Passage

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