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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 and Etymology of spleenwort

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


First Known Use: 1578


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