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

  • n. An eastern North American perennial plant (Cryptotaenia canadensis) having umbels of small whitish flowers and compound leaves with larger, double serrate leaflets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two plants of the family Umbelliferae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An umbelliferous plant of the genus Sison (Sison Amomum); -- so called because used to cure a swelling called a hone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name applied to several umbelliferous plants, as Sison Amomum, the stone-parsley, Trinia vulgaris, and CryptotÅ“nia Canadensis: so named because formerly used to cure the swelling called a hone.


Perhaps obsolete dialectal hone, a swelling (from its use in treating tumors) + wort1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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