bis·​tort ˈbis-ˌtȯrt How to pronounce bistort (audio)
: any of several polygonums
especially : a Eurasian perennial herb (Polygonum bistorta) with twisted roots used as astringents

Word History


Middle French bistorte, from Medieval Latin *bistorta, from Latin bis + torta, feminine of tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist — more at torture entry 1

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bistort was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Bistort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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