American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Leonurus, especially L. cardiaca, a weed having clusters of small purple or pink flowers and spine-tipped calyx lobes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A labiate plant, Leonurus Cardiaca, which grows in waste places. It has sometimes been used in amenorrhea.
- n. The mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, formerly used for uterine affections.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A labiate herb (Leonurus Cardiaca), of a bitter taste, used popularly in medicine; lion's tail.
- n. The mugwort. See mugwort.
- n. bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowers
- From mother + wort. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English moderwort : moder, mother, womb (from its use in treating diseases of the uterus); see mother1 + wort, wort; see wort1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““‘In the Court of the Inquisition, a motherwort was a person who assisted in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.’””
“Oh, no, thought Miss Trent, and only just managed, by a quick turn of the wrist, to avert a motherwort deluge.”
“It suited Miss Trent, however, and she always found motherwort tea soothing.”
“The Greeks used motherwort to relieve the pain from childbirth and as a tranquilizer.”
“I'm going to be in the same boat as you soon but we can't afford it, so I'll be using motherwort a herbal narcotic excellent for mothers! and blessed thistle, a herbal antidepressant type thing that's excellent for lactation as well.”
“Next, one would use blood-moving herbs such as motherwort Leonurus cardiaca, angelica, hyssop, hawthorn berries, and rose hips.”
“But my personal favorite is ‘motherwort, an herb of the mint family, prickly, a bitter taste …’”
“Gwenhidwy likes to drink a lot, grain alcohol mostly, mixed in great strange mad-scientist concoctions with beef tea, grenadine, cough syrup, bitter belch-gathering infusions of blue scullcap, valerian root, motherwort and lady's-slipper, whatever's to hand really.”
“-- Take the leaves of motherwort and thoroughwort, and the bark of poplar root; equal parts.”
“Not less closely did such old garden weeds as motherwort, groundsel, chickweed, and wild mustard cling to the white man.”
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