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wort1

[wurt, wawrt] /wɜrt, wɔrt/
noun
1.
the unfermented or fermenting infusion of malt that after fermentation becomes beer or mash.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English wyrt; cognate with German Würze spice; akin to wort2

wort2

[wurt, wawrt] /wɜrt, wɔrt/
noun
1.
a plant, herb, or vegetable (now usually used only in combination):
figwort.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English wyrt root, plant; cognate with Old High German wurz, Old Norse urt herb, Gothic waurts root; akin to root1, Old Norse rōt, Latin rādīx, Greek rhíza

wort3

[wurt] /wɜrt/
noun
1.
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Examples for wort
  • At this point you need to vigorously shake the package to make sure the wort and yeast are well mixed.
  • Brick paving laid in geometric patterns is interplanted with ajuga and rupture wort.
  • The all stainless steel setup will let you mash your own hops and barley, sparge the wort and then let it ferment.
  • The resulting wort was pumped into the kettle, to be boiled with the hawthorn.
British Dictionary definitions for wort

wort

/wɜːt/
noun
1.
(in combination) any of various unrelated plants, esp ones formerly used to cure diseases liverwort, spleenwort
2.
the sweet liquid obtained from the soaked mixture of warm water and ground malt, used to make a malt liquor
Word Origin
Old English wyrt root, related to Old High German warz, Gothic waurts root
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Word Origin and History for wort
n.

"a plant," Old English wyrt "root, herb," from Proto-Germanic *wurtiz (cf. Old Saxon wurt, Old Norse, Danish urt, Old High German wurz "plant, herb," German Wurz, Gothic waurts, Old Norse rot "root"), from PIE root *wrad- "twig, root" (see radish). St. John's wort attested from 15c.

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