motherwort

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From mother +‎ wort.

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motherwort (plural motherworts)

  1. Any of several perennial plants, of the genus Leonurus, used in traditional medicine to help with childbirth or treat uterine disorders. [from 13th c.]
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 195:
      Besides, it makes women joyful and mothers of children and settles their wombs as they should be; therefore we call it Motherwort.

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