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motherwort

[muhth -er-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈmʌð ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
a European plant, Leonorus cardiaca, of the mint family, an introduced weed in the U.S., having cut leaves with a whorl of lavender flowers in the axils.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English moderwort (see mother1, wort2), so called because believed helpful for diseases of the womb
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motherwort

/ˈmʌðəˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the Eurasian genus Leonurus, esp L. cardiaca, having divided leaves and clusters of small purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Word Origin
C14: so named because it was thought to be beneficial in uterine disorders
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