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boneset

[bohn-set] /ˈboʊnˌsɛt/
noun
1.
any composite plant of the genus Eupatorium, especially E. perfoliatum, of North America, having white flowers in a flat-topped cluster.
Also called thoroughwort.
Origin of boneset
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; bone1 + set (v.), so named (by hyperbole) because supposed to have healing properties
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  • boneset, wormwood and catnip had their places on the wall, together with ears of corn and strings of dried apples.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • All she wants is a bit o' boneset tea, or sage an' sassafras.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • It recommends plenty of blue pills and boneset for 041 the ague.

  • She was more than ever convinced of the efficacy of boneset.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Violet, pennyroyal or boneset tea, is excellent to promote perspiration in case of sudden chill.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Look at the seeds of the boneset, joe-pye-weed, milkweed, and goldenrod!

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The flowers are so much like those of boneset that you would suspect their relationship at once.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • If it wasn't—only-half a lung, and I could carry the boneset 'long with us.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • It makes me sick to use it; I feel as if the doctor was going to order me some boneset tea.

  • They'd go to drugging themselves with boneset tea, and mullein tea, and bitter-root powders and wahoo bark, said Gray.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for boneset

boneset

/ˈbəʊnˌsɛt/
noun
1.
any of various North American plants of the genus Eupatorium, esp E. perfoliatum, which has flat clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called agueweed, feverwort, thoroughwort
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