Definition of barrenwort



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

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Origin and Etymology of barrenwort

so called from the belief that it causes sterility

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a brief usually trivial fact

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