from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large genus of apetalous exogenous plants, the type and principal genus of the natural order Aristolochiaceœ, chiefly woody climbers, and very widely distributed.

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  • noun birthworts; Dutchman's-pipe


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  • Many aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, like the use of the herbs aristolochia and liquorice, are potentially harmful.

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  • Many aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, like the use of the herbs aristolochia and liquorice, are potentially harmful.

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  • COLLINS: In fact, there is one that's called aristolochia.

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  • C The aristolochia vine grown on the branches of others trees (such as leucaena), to feed caterpillar larvae.

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  • The lung of a long-winded fox is used as a cure for asthma, the yarrow is used to cure jaundice, agaricos is used for blisters, aristolochia (the fruit of which has the form of a uterus) is used for the pains of child-birth, and nettle-tea for nettle-rash.

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  • A delectable path, for example, runs up behind the cemetery, bordered by butterfly orchids and lithospermum and aristolochia and other plants worthy of better names; it winds aloft, under shady chestnuts, with views on either side.


  • There was a strange-looking plant with large heart-shaped leaves and curved yellow blossoms ending in a long upper lip that puzzled me much, and it was afterwards that I found its name to be _aristolochia clematitis_.

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  • Few insects can compare with it in beauty, as it hovers over the flowers of the heliotrope, which furnish the favourite food of the perfect fly, although the caterpillar feeds on the aristolochia and the _betel leaf_, and suspends its chrysalis from its drooping tendrils.

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  • For example, Watson might recognize that the kidney failure in our patient is linked to kidney failure in a patient in Buffalo and another in San Antonio; all three patients, he might inform me, were taking a "natural" weight loss supplement that contained a Chinese herb, aristolochia, that News

  • Berkeley artist and gardener Marcia Donohue used to have a subtropical aristolochia called "duck vine" whose flowers did actually resemble miniature waterfowl.

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