pen·​ny·​wort | \ ˈpe-nē-ˌwərt How to pronounce pennywort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of pennywort

: any of several usually round-leaved plants (as of the genus Hydrocotyle of the carrot family)

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Recent Examples on the Web Minari, a hardy edible plant that grows on the edges of ponds and rivers in Asia, is known by many other names: Chinese celery, Indian pennywort, Japanese parsley. Globe Staff,, 9 Feb. 2021 In Bangladesh, the government has limited mobile internet access for many Rohingya, creating an information vacuum that has allowed rumors to flourish: Eating garlic or the pennywort leaf will ward off the virus, Rohingya refugees have been told. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2020 In fact, marsh pennywort foliage looks quite like nasturtium. Kenneth Setzer,, 4 Aug. 2017 Possibly because of their use as aquarium plants, some species of pennywort have morphed into non-native invasive weeds. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, 6 July 2017 Nasturtium leaves also exhibit this; in fact marsh pennywort foliage looks quite like nasturtium. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of pennywort

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pennywort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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