st 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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st john's wort

noun
any of numerous plants of the genus Hypericum having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves; traditionally gathered on St John's eve to ward off evil 
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