Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant. Often used in combination: liverwort; milkwort.
  • n. An infusion of malt that is fermented to make beer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant; herb; vegetable.
  • n. Any of various plants or herbs. The word is usually used in combination to refer to specific plants, e.g. St. John’s wort; however, it may be used on its own as a generic term.
  • n. Liquid extract from the ground malt and grain soaked in hot water, the mash, as one of the steps in making beer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of any kind.
  • n. Cabbages.
  • n. An infusion of malt which is unfermented, or is in the act of fermentation; the sweet infusion of malt, which ferments and forms beer; hence, any similar liquid in a state of incipient fermentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant; herb; vegetable.
  • n. The infusion of malt which after fermentation becomes beer.
  • n. An infusion of malt, formerly used in scurvy and as a dressing to foul ulcers.
  • n. Same as whort.

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

  • n. usually used in combination: `liverwort'; `milkwort'; `whorlywort'
  • n. unfermented or fermenting malt

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wyrt; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wort, wurt, wirte, from Old English wyrt ("herb, vegetable, plant, crop, root"), fromGermanic wurtiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wréh₂ds. Cognate with German Wurz ("herb, root"), Danish urt ("herb"), Swedish ört ("herb"), Icelandic jurt ("herb"), Latin rādix ("root"). More at root. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wort, worte, from Old English wyrt, wyrte ("brewing wort, new beer, spice"), from Proto-Germanic *wurtijō (“spice”), from Proto-Indo-European *werǝd-, *wrād- (“sprout, root”). Cognate with Dutch wort ("wort"), German Würze ("wort, seasoning, spice"), Danish urt ("beer wort"), Swedish vört ("beer wort"). (Wiktionary)

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