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setter +‎ wort. The root was used in settering, or inserting setons into the dewlaps of cattle.


setterwort (usually uncountable, plural setterworts)

  1. The bear's-foot (Helleborus foetidus).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. Prior to this entry?)

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 setterwort in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)