lungwort

noun
lung·​wort | \ ˈləŋ-ˌwərt How to pronounce lungwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of lungwort

: any of several plants (such as a mullein) formerly used in the treatment of respiratory disorders especially : a European herb (Pulmonaria officinalis) of the borage family with hispid leaves and usually bluish flowers

Examples of lungwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hostas and ferns are popular choices, along with lungwort (Pulmonaria), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera), Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense), sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) and bishop’s hat (Epimedium). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lungwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lungwort. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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lungwort

noun
lung·​wort | \ -ˌwərt How to pronounce lungwort (audio) , -ˌwȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce lungwort (audio) \

Medical Definition of lungwort

1 : any of several plants formerly used in the treatment of respiratory disorders especially : a European herb (Pulmonaria officinalis) of the borage family (Boraginaceae) with rough hairy leaves and bluish flowers
2 : a widely distributed lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria) formerly used in the treatment of bronchitis and now to some extent in perfumes and in tanning extracts

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