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felon +‎ wort, from its supposed efficacy in treating felons (inflammations around the nail).


felonwort (uncountable)

  1. The bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
  2. Other plants traditionally used to treat the type of bacterial infection known as a felon, such as celandine

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for felonwort in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)