Definition of bloodwort
1 : a plant of the family Haemodoraceae the members of which contain a deep red coloring matter in the roots
2a : a European dock (Rumex sanguineus) with red-veined leaves b : water dock
3 : a European elder (Sambucus ebulus)
4 : a centaury (Centaurium umbellatum)
5 : salad burnet
6 : yarrow
7 : bloodroot
8 : herb robert
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of bloodwort
Middle English bloodwurt, from blood + wurt, wort wort — more at wort
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up bloodwort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).