Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several low-growing plants of the genus Stellaria, having opposite leaves and small, white, star-shaped flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of chickweed, Stellaria holostea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See stichwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several plants of the chickweed or starwort genus, Stellaria.

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

  • n. low-growing north temperate herb having small white star-shaped flowers; named for its alleged ability to ease sharp pains in the side

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English sticwyrt, agrimony : stice, stich (from its alleged ability to cure sharp pains in the side); see stitch + wyrt, plant; see wort1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
stitch +‎ wort? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the parish lanes, sunlit banks of red campion, white stitchwort, bluebells and ferns are dusty from earth eroded by burrowing rabbits and stirred up by traffic.

    Country Diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • The line between Edge Wood and recently cultivated fields was white with cow parsley, stitchwort and wild garlic.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • Bank of bluebells and stitchwort along the edge of a wood.....

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • The brilliant white flowers of stitchwort form drifts along hedgerows and verges....

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The sudden blue of jonquil jumps out of the trees, against pure white strata of stitchwort.

    Wildwood

  • As soon as the wind gets up, the insects disperse into the wide clearing of bracken, bluebells, stitchwort, foxgloves and saplings of silver birch before the cabin.

    Wildwood

  • On rocky and gravelly beaches there are gravel sedge Carex glareosa, sea plantain Plantago maritima, Greenland scurvygrass Cochlearia groenlandica and low stitchwort Stellaria humifusa.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • It was rich with lupin, honeysuckle, campions, and ragged robin; bed straw, hops, and wild clematis twined and hung among its branches, and all along its ditch border the starry stitchwort lifted its childish faces, and chorused in lines and masses.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • The trees were all dusted with the green spangles of high spring, the hedges were full of stitchwort and campion and the woods of blue hyacinths and purple orchid; and everywhere there was a great noise of birds — thrushes, blackbirds, robins, finches, and many more — and in one warm corner of the park some bracken was unrolling, and there was a leaping and rushing of fallow deer.

    The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth

  • They were now on the high uplands by the coast, driving between the beautiful banks, which were starred with primroses and stitchwort and red dead-nettle and a dozen other bright and tender-hued firstlings of the year.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 85, January, 1875

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