Definitions

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  • n. A perennial herb of Europe and Asia, variously named Persicaria bistorta, syn. Polygonum bistorta, formerly used as an astringent.
  • n. A perennial herb of Greece and the Balkans, Dracunculus vulgaris.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bistort, Polygonum Bistorta, and with the old herbalists the green dragon, Dracunculus vulgaris.

Etymologies

dragon +‎ wort (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's scientific name is dracunculus vulgaris, but is known variously as the dragon arum, stink lily, black arum, voodoo lily, snake lily, black dragon, dragonwort and Ragons.

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  • In the terse language of railway telegraphers, dragonwort stood for the phrase "Has dividend been cleared?" - US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

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