moonwort

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From moon +‎ wort.

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moonwort (plural moonworts)

  1. A small fern, Botrychium lunaria (lesser moonwort); later, any member of the genus. [from 15th c.]
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 194:
      Moonwort is an herb which they say will open locks, and unshoe such horses as tread upon it.
  2. (now US, UK regional) Honesty, Lunaria annua (greater moonwort). [from 16th c.]

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