birth·​wort ˈbərth-ˌwərt How to pronounce birthwort (audio)
: 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, 18 Oct. 2017 The pipevine (Aristolochia) is also known as birthwort and Dutchman’s pipe. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 2 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birthwort was in 1551

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“Birthwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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