Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the labiate genus Sideritis.
- n. A plant of the genus Galeopsis, G. Tetrahit.
- n. botany A herb of the mint family, formerly believed to heal sword cuts.
- n. botany A species of Galeopsis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An herb of the Mint family (Sideritis), supposed to heal sword cuts; also, a species of Galeopsis.
- iron + wort (Wiktionary)
“The waysides were bright with the glory of goldenrod, and royal with the purple of asters and ironwort.”
“Milkweed, goldenrod, ironwort, fringed gentians, cardinal-flowers, and turtle-head stood on the very edge of the creek, and every flower of them had a double in the water.”
“He broke a spray of ironwort beside him and used the purple bloom to beat the dust from his shoulders and limbs.”
“Everywhere she flaunted her yellow banner and trailed the purple of her mantle, that was paler in the thistle-heads, took on strength in the first opening asters, and glowed and burned in the ironwort.”
“Like a bloom-outlined vegetable bed, the goldenrod and ironwort, in gaudy border, filled the fence corners of the big fields.”
“Jimmy snipped a spray of purple ironwort with his corn-cutter, and stuck it through his suspender buckle.”
“The goldenrod and purple ironwort were dust-colored and dust-choked.”
“Oh, fringed gentians, asters, ironwort, every fall flower, leaves from every tree and vine, what makes them change colour, abandoned bird nests, winter quarters of caterpillars and insects, what becomes of the butterflies and grasshoppers -- myriads of stuff.”
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