Saint-John's-wort

noun
\ ˈsānt-ˈjänz-ˌwərt How to pronounce Saint-John's-wort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \
variants: or Saint John's wort or St. John's wort

Definition of Saint-John's-wort

1 : any of a large genus (Hypericum of the family Guttiferae, the Saint-John's-wort family) of cosmopolitan herbs and shrubs with showy pentamerous yellow flowers
2 : the dried aerial parts of a Saint-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) that are held to relieve depression and are used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements

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First Known Use of Saint-John's-wort

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Saint-John's-wort

St. John the Baptist

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The first known use of Saint-John's-wort was in the 15th century

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“Saint-John's-wort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saint-John%27s-wort. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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Saint-John's-wort

noun
\ -ˈjänz-ˌwərt How to pronounce Saint-John's-wort (audio) , -ˌwȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce Saint-John's-wort (audio) \

Medical Definition of Saint-John's-wort

1 : any of a genus (Hypericum of the family Guttiferae, the Saint-John's-wort family) of herbs and shrubs with showy yellow flowers especially : one (H. perforatum) of dry soil, roadsides, pastures, and ranges that contains a photodynamic pigment causing dermatitis due to photosensitization in sheep, cattle, horses, and goats when ingested — see hypericism
2 usually Saint John's wort : the dried aerial parts of a Saint-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) that are held to relieve depression and are used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements

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