birth·​wort | \ ˈbərth-ˌwərt How to pronounce birthwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of birthwort

: any of several herbs or woody vines (genus Aristolochia of the family Aristolochiaceae, the birthwort family) with aromatic roots used in folk medicine to aid childbirth

Examples of birthwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These flora tend to come from the genera Aristolochia (e.g., birthwort, pipevine) and Asarum (wild gingers). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Herbal remedies embraced by naturopaths, alt med widely linked to liver cancers," 18 Oct. 2017 The pipevine (Aristolochia) is also known as birthwort and Dutchman’s pipe. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Garden as art: Pipevine," 2 Mar. 2017

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1551, in the meaning defined above

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“Birthwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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