stitch-wort

stitchwort

[stich-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Stellaria, of the pink family, having white flowers.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English stichewort, Old English sticwyrt agrimony. See stitch, wort2

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stitchwort (ˈstɪtʃˌwɜːt)
 
n
any of several low-growing N temperate herbaceous plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Stellaria, having small white star-shaped flowers
 
[C13: so named because it was once thought to be a remedy for stitches in the side]

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