Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several plants, such as the lesser celandine and the fireweed, that are reputed to be effective in treating hemorrhoids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various unrelated plants, but especially the lesser celandine, supposed to be effective in treating piles (hemorrhoids).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Ranunculus Ficaria of Linnæus) whose tuberous roots have been used in poultices as a specific for the piles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the buttercups, Ranunculus Ficaria, common in Europe and western Asia.

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

  • n. perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles

Etymologies

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

From its use in treating piles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

piles +‎ wort

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  • "Any of several plants, such as the lesser celandine and the fireweed, that are reputed to be effective in treating hemorrhoids."

    --American Heritage Dictionary

    January 13, 2011