pilewort

noun

pile·​wort ˈpī(-ə)l-ˌwərt How to pronounce pilewort (audio)
-ˌwȯrt

Word History

Etymology

Middle English pyle wort; from its use in treating piles

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilewort was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pilewort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilewort. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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