ragwort

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Etymology[edit]

From rag (referring to the ragged leaves) +‎ wort.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹaɡwəːt/
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Noun[edit]

ragwort (countable and uncountable, plural ragworts)

  1. Any of a number of wild flowering plants with yellow flowers in the family Asteraceae, mostly belonging to Senecio and related genera.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 237:
      Ragwort is under the command of dame Venus, and cleanses, digests and discusses.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 157:
      Sea-poppies and ragwort were plants of ill-fame, too.

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