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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Mertensia, such as the Virginia cowslip, having drooping clusters of tubular, usually blue flowers.
  • n. Any of several European plants of the genus Pulmonaria, having long-stalked leaves and coiled clusters of blue or purple flowers and formerly used in treating respiratory disorders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various European plants, of the genus Pulmonaria, that were once used to treat respiratory disorders

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An herb of the genus Pulmonaria (Pulmonaria officinalis), of Europe; -- so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Mertensia (esp. Mertensia Virginica and Mertensia Sibirica), plants nearly related to Pulmonaria. The American lungwort is Mertensia Virginica, Virginia cowslip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European boraginaceous plant, Pulmonaria officinalis.
  • n. An American plant, Mertensia Virginica, of the same family, at first referred to Pulmonaria. M. maritima is the sea-lungwort.
  • n. A lichen, Sticta pulmonaria, somewhat resembling in shape a human lung, and formerly regarded as a lung-remedy: same as hazel-crottles.
  • n. The toothwort, Lathræa squamaria, a reputed remedy for diseases of the lungs.


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