mug·​wort | \ˈməg-ˌwərt, -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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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 Tiny leaves of just-snipped mugwort balance the brooding force of black rice and baby turnips. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Los Angeles Magazine Hot Restaurant List for July 2017," 18 July 2017 The Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria) is not in the same league as more famous and rapacious invaders like phragmites, mugwort or bittersweet. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Dainty Invader: the Deptford Pink," 26 June 2017 June 25 LEISURE Wild Beers Workshop: Instructor Pascal Baudar will teach the basics of making beer with local plants, such as yarrow and mugwort, and common household utensils. Maurice Alcala, Orange County Register, "Upcoming events at Cal State Fullerton," 14 June 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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