Saint John's wort

St.-John's-wort

[seynt-jonz-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Hypericum, having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves.

Origin:
1745–55; so named because gathered on St. John's Eve to ward off evil

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Saint John's wort
 
n
a.  any of numerous shrubs or herbaceous plants of the temperate genus Hypericum, such as H. perforatum, having yellow flowers and glandular leaves: family Hypericaceae
 b.  rose of Sharon See also tutsan a preparation of this plant often used to treat mild depression
 
[C15: so named because it was traditionally gathered on Saint John's Eve (June 23) as a protection against evil spirits]

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