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mugwort

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noun mug·wort \ˈməg-ˌwərt, -wȯrt\

Definition of mugwort

  1. 1 :  any of several artemisias; especially :  a Eurasian perennial herb (Artemisia vulgaris) that is naturalized in North America and has aromatic leaves used in folk medicine and to flavor beverages

  2. 2 :  the leaves of a mugwort —called also moxa



Origin of mugwort

Middle English, from Old English mucgwyrt, from mucg- (perhaps akin to Old English mycg midge) + wyrt wort


First Known Use: before 12th century


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