a plant belonging to the genus Lycopus, of the mint family, especially L. virginicus, reputed to have medicinal properties.

1855–60; bugle2 + weed1

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bugleweed (ˈbjuːɡəlˌwiːd)
1.  (US) See also gipsywort Also called: water horehound any aromatic plant of the genus Lycopus, having small whitish or pale blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.  another name for bugle

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(Ajuga), genus of about 40 species of Eurasian plants of the mint family (Lamiaceae), order Lamiales, but lacking the floral upper lip characteristic of the family. Some creeping species, used as ground covers, are widely naturalized

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