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[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 from the web 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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