mad·​wort ˈmad-ˌwərt How to pronounce madwort (audio)
: a low hairy annual European herb (Asperugo procumbens) of the borage family with blue flowers and a root used as a substitute for madder

Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of madwort was in 1597

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“Madwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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