Definition of Motherwort

1. Noun. Bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowers.

Exact synonyms: Leonurus Cardiaca
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Leonurus, Leonurus

Definition of Motherwort

1. n. A labiate herb (Leonurus Cardiaca), of a bitter taste, used popularly in medicine; lion's tail.

Definition of Motherwort

1. Noun. Any of several perennial plants, of the genus ''Leonurus'', used in traditional medicine to help with childbirth or treat uterine disorders. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Motherwort

1. A labiate herb (Leonurus Cardiaca), of a bitter taste, used popularly in medicine; lion's tail. The mugwort. See Mugwort. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Motherwort

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1. Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits, and Plants in All Ages and in by Charles Montgomery Skinner (1911)
"motherwort Drink motherwort and live to be a source of continuous astonishment ... Saki, or Japanese brandy, is supposed to contain a wee bit of motherwort, ..."

2. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"Medical Properties and Uses.—motherwort is stimulant and slightly tonic. In warm infusion it is occasionally used to promote diaphoresis. ..."

3. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"The root of the motherwort is perennial, stem 2 to 5 feet high, branching near the base, large and downy ; leaves 2 to 4 inches long, lobed and broad, ..."

4. The universal etymological English dictionaryby Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1731)
"he herb, feverfew, whire-wort or motherwort. í MA'TRICE [with Dyen] is apply'd tr. the ... motherwort ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"motherwort (leonurus cardiaca); a labiate plant, abundantly naturalized in the II. States, und growing in waste places. The stem is quadrangular, rigid, ..."

6. The Bee-keeper's Guide: Or Manual of the Apiary by Albert John Cook (1882)
"motherwort, then, has three admirable qualities : It is long in bloom, the flowers afford fine honey at all times, and it is a favorite with the bees. •FlG. ..."

7. Flora Domestica, Or, The Portable Flower-garden: With Directions for the by Elizabeth Kent, Leigh Hunt (1831)
"They are here mentioned rather to speak of their dangerous tendency than to recommend their increase. motherwort. LEONURUS. r.AlU.M'.T,. ..."

8. The complete herbalist; or, The people their own physicians by the use of by Oliver Phelps Brown (1867)
"It makes women joyful mothers of children, strengthening the womb; hence its name of motherwort. It mny be kept in a syrup or conserve, and will be found ..."

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