lungwort

lungwort

[luhng-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
1.
a European plant, Pulmonaria officinalis, of the borage family, having blue flowers.
2.
any of various related plants of the genus Mertensia, as the North American M. virginica, having nodding clusters of blue flowers.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English long-wort, lung-wort hellebore, Old English lungen-wyrt; see lung, wort2

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lungwort (ˈlʌŋˌwɜːt)
 
n
1.  any of several Eurasian plants of the boraginaceous genus Pulmonaria, esp P. officinalis, which has spotted leaves and clusters of blue or purple flowers: formerly used to treat lung diseases
2.  any of various boraginaceous plants of the N temperate genus Mertensia, such as Mertensia maritima (sea lungwort), having drooping clusters of tubular usually blue flowers

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lungwort

any plant of the genus Pulmonaria of the family Boraginaceae, especially P. officinalis, an herbaceous, hairy perennial plant, widespread in open woods and thickets of Europe. It is grown as a garden flower for its drooping, pink flowers that turn blue and for its often white-spotted leaves.

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