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- n. The common mullein.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common mullein, the stalks of which, dipped in suet, anciently served for torches. Called also torch, and hig-taper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mullen. Compare hag-taper.
torch + wort, because in ancient times the stalks were dipped in suet and used as torches. (Wiktionary)