mug·​wort | \ ˈməg-ˌwərt How to pronounce mugwort (audio) , -wȯrt\

Definition of mugwort

1 : 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
2 : the leaves of a mugwort — compare moxa

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Here's to hoping Baby Kimye figures out which way's up thanks to that mugwort. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Is Using Hypnosis to Turn Her Baby Around," 24 Nov. 2015 Williams does everything from scratch using heirloom Danish barley, mugwort, wild beach roses, and other rare and unusual ingredients to make spirits unlike anything on the market. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "How Local Nordic Ingredients Are Transforming Copenhagen's Cocktail Scene," 15 Oct. 2018 Ingredient apps like Think Dirty help aficionados weigh the difference between mugwort and St. John’s wort. Lauren Ingram, WSJ, "Your A-to-Z Guide to Skin Care Today," 9 Aug. 2018 There, dogs and cats are inserted with needles paired with mild electric currents, followed by a moxibustion treatment that heats up dried mugwort herbs to stimulate particular acupuncture points. Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Could your pet benefit from acupuncture treatment?," 6 July 2018 There are sea robins and mugwort. Venomous lionfish. Ryan Knighton, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Is in the Muck," 6 Oct. 2016 Duck into Olympic Spa — an oxygen room, a mugwort bath — for another reprieve, the warmth from the heated jade floor a slow fuse of comfort. Amy Scattergood,, "The bather: A journey by water, with porridge and barley tea, through 9 Koreatown spas," 15 Feb. 2018 So far, Almaguer said her organization has planted about 1,000 local plants, including mugwort, hummingbird sage and soap fruit, to help return essential nutrients to the soil and to encourage pollinators to begin visiting the land. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Urban farm to rise as symbol of social justice in SF’s Excelsior district," 14 Jan. 2018 For two weeks, men carved prayer sticks and bundled bamboo grass or mugwort to burn for purification. Jude Isabella, Smithsonian, "How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mugwort

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

History and Etymology for mugwort

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

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