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lousewort

[lous-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈlaʊsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, as the wood betony, formerly supposed to cause lice in sheep feeding on it: one species, P. furbishiae (Furbish lousewort) of parts of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, having finely toothed leaves and a cluster of yellow flowers, is endangered and was thought to be extinct until specimens were discovered in 1946 and again in 1976.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; louse + wort2
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lousewort

/ˈlaʊsˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowers See also betony (sense 3)
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