Definitions

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

  • n. See celandine.
  • n. Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum, especially C. nigrum, native to Europe, having clusters of small brownish-purple flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum.
  • n. A tetterwort, Chelidonium majus or Sanguinaria canadensis.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Asclepias.
  • n. The plant Euphorbia maculata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See celandine.
  • n. A poisonous plant (Vincetoxicum officinale) of the Milkweed family, at one time used in medicine; -- also called white swallowwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The European herb Cynanchum (Asclepias) Vincetoxicum, or white swallowwort, the plant anciently called asclepias. Also called vincetoxicum (which see) and tame-poison.
  • n. Hence, as a book-name, any plant of the genus Asclepias, the milkweed: applied also to the soma-plant, as formerly classed in Asclepias, and to an umbellifer, Elæoselinum (Thapsia) Asclepium, perhaps from its external resemblance to an asclepiad.
  • n. The celandine, Chelidonium majus, once fancied to be used by swallows as a sight-restorer. Compare swallow-stone.

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

  • n. perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
  • n. tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics
  • n. perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers

Etymologies

From the shape of its pod.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
swallow +‎ wort (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The swallow sees both small and far, so the swallowwort song goes.

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  • The swallowwort made me see everything smeared and refulgent and glittering in the yellow candlelight.

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  • The forest gave me a gift: there by my right hand, in a crevice in the boulder, a swallowwort grew with bright yellow flowers and leaves of fresh green.

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  • I also gave Meninx a weak infusion of swallowwort leaves and thistle root, and it seemed to do her some good.

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  • I bathed my eye with a mixture of milk and orange swallowwort sap.

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  • The Dame had taught me a song for the swallowwort, so I could remember its nature and usefulness and thank Crux, who gave it to us.

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  • It would not cure my webeye; I was doomed to go blind in that eye, but the swallowwort might help me see visions caught in the web.

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  • The next afternoon I used the last of the swallowwort and milk thistle root to make the infusion for Meninx.

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  • This powder proved better than swallowwort sap to color my forearms in the tharos manner.

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  • I rubbed swallowwort sap on the bone to stain it yellow, and I told the Dame it was hers as much as it was mine.

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