whitlowwort

whitlowwort

[hwit-loh-wurt, -wawrt, wit-]
noun
any of several small, tufted plants belonging to the genus Paronychia, of the pink family, native to temperate and warm regions, having opposite or whorled leaves and tiny, greenish flowers.

Origin:
1640–50; whitlow + wort2

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whitlowwort

noun
any of various low-growing tufted plants of the genus Paronychia having tiny greenish flowers and usually whorled leaves; widespread throughout warm regions of both Old and New Worlds; formerly thought to cure whitlows (suppurative infections around a fingernail) 
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