birthwort

birthwort

[burth-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Aristolochia, especially A. clematitis, an Old World species reputed to facilitate childbirth. Compare birthwort family.
2.
any of various other plants believed to aid childbirth.

Origin:
1545–55; birth + wort2

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birthwort (ˈbɜːθˌwɜːt)
 
n
any of several climbing plants of the genus Aristolochia, esp A. clematitis of Europe, once believed to ease childbirth: family Aristolochiaceae

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birthwort

any plant of the family Aristolochiaceae (order Aristolochiales), which contains five genera of mostly tropical woody vines and a few temperate-zone species. The calyx (outer part of the flower) is three-lobed. The flowers of some species lack petals; those of others are large and foul smelling.

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