Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tall and coarse European umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum Ostruthium, formerly Imperatoria).
  • n. The Astrantia major, a European umbelliferous plant with a showy colored involucre.
  • n. Improperly, the cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several umbelliferous plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant of the genus Astrantia

Etymologies

From master +‎ wort. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the most interesting is a multi-year observation of altered life-cycles in local flora (like jewelweed, chickweed, masterwort, goldenrod, etc.) under the kudzu.

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  • There's wormwood, woodsorrel, masterwort, zedoary, and angelica; and lastly, there is a little bottle of the sovereign preservative against the plague, as prepared by the great Lord

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