Definitions

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

  • n. See grape fern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The herb lunary or honesty. See honesty.
  • n. Any fern of the genus Botrychium, esp. Botrychium Lunaria; -- so named from the crescent-shaped segments of its frond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fern, Botrychium Lunaria. See lunary, 2, and cut under Botrychium.

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

  • n. of America and Eurasia and Australia

Etymologies

From moon +‎ wort. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the other side of the railway, through Botrychium Bridge named after the moonwort that grew on the bank near by and Second Bog Outflow, was the mysterious Great Bog, where the snipe lay so close they could go off like landmines from under your boot.

    Wildwood

  • Culpeper, the herbalist, to illustrate the powers of the plant moonwort, tells of a wonderful incident that occurred to Lord Essex's horse, presumably when his army was here in 1644.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • The moonwort was formerly associated with many superstitions and was reputed to open all locks at a mere touch, and to unshoe all horses that trod upon it.

    The Fern Lover's Companion A Guide for the Northeastern States and Canada

  • The moonwort is supposed to be a very supernatural plant, and to have the power of opening locks if you place a leaf of it in the keyhole.

    Monitress Merle

  • _Osmunda regalis, _ the Royal fern of Europe, and the European moonwort and alder's-tongue ferns.

    The Heart of Nature or, The Quest for Natural Beauty

  • In crossing the last grass, we found the earliest vanilla orchis (_Orchis nigra_) of the year, and came upon beds of moonwort (_Botrychium Lunaria_) of so unusual a size that our progress ceased till such time as the finest specimens were secured.

    Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland

  • But it was only a big bunch of moonwort on a stained-glass-window sill, and the wind was blowing through a vacancy that should have been

    Somehow Good

  • In the flagstones of Orkney there occurs, though very rarely, a minute vegetable organism, which I have elsewhere described as having much the appearance of one of our smaller ferns, such as the maidenhair-spleenwort, or dwarf moonwort.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

  • But among the prized prairie plants - ten-petaled blazing star, prairie moonwort and cowboy's delight - it survives like a relic of a different time.

    Photos - DesMoinesRegister.com

  • The botanical name is Lunaria (it also goes by money plant, moonwort, satin flower, and silver dollar).

    The Martha's Vineyard Times News Headlines

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  • aka money plant, honesty, lunaria ...

    "Long fronds of moonwort, know to grow from offshoot growths of rootstock, grow on moss bogs of sod."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 68

    May 22, 2010