bu·​gle·​weed | \ ˈbyü-gəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce bugleweed (audio) \

Definition of bugleweed

1 : any of a genus (Lycopus) of mints especially : a North American perennial (L. virginicus) that is mildly narcotic and astringent

Examples of bugleweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the back some of the plants are golden Japanese forest grass, Spikenard, Brunnera, a beech tree, Golden Bleeding Heart, Barronwort, lilies, butterfly bush, rosebushes, ferns, Heuchera, Lamium, bugleweed, phlox, and Persicaria virginiana. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couple turn east side party house into historically appropriate home with lush gardens," 25 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bugleweed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bugleweed

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bugleweed

Time Traveler for bugleweed

Time Traveler

The first known use of bugleweed was circa 1818

See more words from the same year

Statistics for bugleweed

Cite this Entry

“Bugleweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugleweed. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bugleweed


bu·​gle·​weed | \ ˈbyü-gəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce bugleweed (audio) \

Medical Definition of bugleweed

: any mint of the genus Lycopus especially : a mildly narcotic and astringent herb (L. virginicus) of the eastern half of the United States

More from Merriam-Webster on bugleweed

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about bugleweed

Comments on bugleweed

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!