woundwort [woond-wurt, -wawrt] Word Origin noun

  1. any of several plants of the genus Stachys, belonging to the mint family, especially S. palustris, having hairy stems and leaves and whorled clusters of small, reddish flowers.
  2. kidney vetch.

Origin of woundwort First recorded in 1540–50; wound1 + wort2 British Dictionary definitions for woundwort woundwort noun

  1. any of various plants of the genus Stachys, such as S. arvensis (field woundwort), having purple, scarlet, yellow, or white flowers and formerly used for dressing wounds: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. any of various other plants used in this way

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