plural -s
: any of certain plants of the genus Epimedium having or believed to have sudorific properties: such as
: a European herb (E. alpinum) often cultivated and having bitter leaves
: a Japanese herb (E. diphyllum) with small bluish flowers
: an herb (E. hexandra) of the Pacific coast of North America having ternate leaves and small nodding flowers on a scapelike stalk

Word History


so called from the belief that it causes sterility

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“Barrenwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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