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)

Examples of pennywort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Unprepared for the Worst: World’s Most Vulnerable Brace for Virus," 26 Mar. 2020 In fact, marsh pennywort foliage looks quite like nasturtium. Kenneth Setzer,, "Fairchild's Tropical Garden Column: What’s that weed? Meet marsh pennywort," 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, "Weed’s tale: the beguiling marsh pennywort," 6 July 2017 Nasturtium leaves also exhibit this; in fact marsh pennywort foliage looks quite like nasturtium. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Weed’s tale: the beguiling marsh pennywort," 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 28 Oct. 2020.

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