mug·​wort ˈməg-ˌwərt How to pronounce mugwort (audio)
: any of several artemisias
especially : a Eurasian perennial herb (Artemisia vulgaris) that is naturalized in North America and has aromatic leaves used in folk medicine and to flavor beverages
: the leaves of a mugwort compare moxa

Examples of mugwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cake is made with layers of sponge flavored with mugwort, an aromatic green plant used frequently in Korean cooking, stuffed with plenty of injeolmi — or roasted soybean powder — cream and topped with a housemade injeolmi crumble. Khushbu Shah, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2024 For example, cabbage may trigger an allergic reaction in people with a mugwort allergy. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 13 Apr. 2024 After cleansing, add a few drops of the Best of Beauty-winning Texture Tonic to a cotton pad and wipe across your face for a gentle smoothing treatment powered by AHAs, niacinamide, and Japanese mugwort. Annie Blackman, Allure, 28 Nov. 2023 What Is Moxibustion? Moxibustion is an alternative form of acupuncture therapy from traditional Chinese medicine that involves burning the herb mugwort (or moxa) to warm specific points along a set of invisible vertical lines known as meridians that practitioners believe cross the body. Maria Carter, Parents, 24 Oct. 2023 In writing about foraging mugwort for Grist last summer, Zoe Yang gets at what an end point might look like instead. Hazlitt, 6 Sep. 2023 Licensed practitioners also combine it with moxibustion, which involves burning the herb mugwort (or moxa) near acupuncture points, to turn a breech baby. Kimberly Zapata, Parents, 31 Aug. 2023 This toner's shake-before-use formula combines hyaluronic acid, squalene, and mugwort. Lindsey Metrus, Peoplemag, 4 July 2023 The Texture Tonic is an exfoliating treatment that manages to be effective and gentle, enlisting the help of fruit AHAs (derived from apple, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, hawthorn, and jujube), niacinamide, Japanese mugwort, and wild rose to visibly soothe irritated complexions. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 22 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English mucgwyrt, from mucg- (perhaps akin to Old English mycg midge) + wyrt wort

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mugwort was before the 12th century

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“Mugwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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