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

  • n. Any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. vulgaris, native to Eurasia and sometimes used as a condiment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia native to Europe and Asia.
  • n. Artemisia vulgaris, also common wormwood, used as a herb in cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A somewhat aromatic composite weed (Artemisia vulgaris), at one time used medicinally; -- called also motherwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The plant Artemisia vulgaris; also, sometimes, A. Absinthium. In the United States the western mugwort is A. Ludoviciana, the leaves, as in A. vulgaris, white-tomentose beneath.

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

  • n. any of several weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia


Middle English mugwort, mugwyrt, from Old English mucgwyrt : mucg-, variant of mycg, midge + wyrt, plant; see wort1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mucgwyrt, mucwyrt et al., from Proto-Germanic; probably corresponding to midge +‎ wort. Cognate with regional Low German muggart, mugwurz. (Wiktionary)



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  • See comments on mucgwyrt.
    Also see Chernobyl.

    April 11, 2012

  • A 'weedy composite' plant with a name like mugwort ... I bet this word gets picked on and bullied at school :-(

    November 1, 2008

  • I'm not going to ask why you know that, c_b.

    May 14, 2008

  • Mugwort works for that purpose.

    (but it tastes like sh*t...)

    May 14, 2008

  • Mugwort is used to promote lucid dreaming.

    May 14, 2008