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spleenwort

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noun spleen·wort \-ˌwərt, -ˌwȯrt\

Definition of spleenwort

  1. :  any of a large genus (Asplenium) of chiefly evergreen ferns having linear or oblong sori



Origin of spleenwort

from the belief in its power to cure disorders of the spleen


First Known Use: 1578


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