pen·​ny·​wort ˈpe-nē-ˌwərt How to pronounce pennywort (audio)
plural pennyworts
: any of several low-growing, usually round-leaved plants: such as
: any of several aquatic or semi-aquatic European creeping plants (genus Hydrocotyle) of the carrot family that have small rounded leaves with scalloped edges
especially : money plant sense 3
: a small perennial herb (Hepatica nobilis synonym Anemone hepatica) of the buttercup family that is found in northern temperate woodlands and that has small purple, pink, blue, or white flowers : hepatica

Examples of pennywort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plant extract is an antioxidant-rich, medicinal herb known by many names, including Indian pennywort and tiger grass. Lisa Desantis, Health, 1 June 2024 The 98% natural primer also helps to soothe tightness, flaky patches, and irritation thanks to soothing Asiatic pennywort. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Most of these venues offer much more than chè, including savory snacks, baked goods, and traditional drinks like fresh sugarcane juice and pennywort juice—so come hungry and thirsty. Dan Q. Dao, Chron, 6 Sep. 2022 Botanical extracts like seaweed, arjun tree, and pennywort add even more hydration, plumping, and brightening effects. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 5 Jan. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pennywort was in the 14th century

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“Pennywort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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