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St.-John's-wort

[seynt-jonz-wurt, -wawrt] /ˌseɪntˈdʒɒnzˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Hypericum, having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; so named because gathered on St. John's Eve to ward off evil
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Saint John's wort

noun
1.
  1. any of numerous shrubs or herbaceous plants of the temperate genus Hypericum, such as H. perforatum, having yellow flowers and glandular leaves: family Hypericaceae
  2. a preparation of this plant often used to treat mild depression See also rose of Sharon (sense 1), tutsan
Word Origin
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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