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[muhg-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈmʌgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
any of certain weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. vulgaris, having aromatic leaves and small, greenish flower heads.
Origin of mugwort
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mucgwyrt. See midge, wort2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mugwort
  • In the evenings she eats a dinner of mostly vegetables, drinks a cup of mugwort sake, and goes bed.
  • Those who duck beneath the boughs encounter a path carpeted with clover and mugwort, traditional healing plants.
  • His palette also includes a soft beige from mugwort, a reddish brown from betel palm and a rose red from madder.
  • They'd spread pine needles or mugwort for the healing aroma.
British Dictionary definitions for mugwort


a N temperate perennial herbaceous plant, Artemisia vulgaris, with aromatic leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
another name for crosswort
Word Origin
Old English mucgwyrt, perhaps from Old English mycgmidge
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Word Origin and History for mugwort

Old English mugcwyrt, literally "midge wort," from West Germanic *muggiwurti, from *muggjo- "fly" (see midge) + root of wort.

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