Flea-wort

fleawort

[flee-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine.
Also called psyllium.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English flewort, Old English flēawyrt. See flea, wort2

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fleawort (ˈfliːˌwɜːt)
 
n
1.  any of various plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. integrifolius, a European species with yellow daisy-like flowers and rosettes of downy leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.  a Eurasian plantain, Plantago psyllium (or P. indica), whose seeds resemble fleas and were formerly used as a flea repellent
3.  another name for ploughman's spikenard

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