bistort

play
noun bis·tort \ˈbis-ˌtȯrt, bis-ˈ\

Definition of bistort

  1. :  any of several polygonums; especially :  a Eurasian perennial herb (Polygonum bistorta) with twisted roots used as astringents

Origin and Etymology of bistort

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


First Known Use: 1578


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bistort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to search out and expose misconduct

Get Word of the Day daily email!