spleenwort

noun
spleen·​wort | \ ˈsplēn-ˌwərt How to pronounce spleenwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of spleenwort

: any of a large genus (Asplenium) of chiefly evergreen ferns having linear or oblong sori

Examples of spleenwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2007, the plant was recognized as a new species, and named Tutwiler’s spleenwort, or Asplenium tutwilerae. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama’s stunning biodiversity includes many unusual plants," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of spleenwort

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spleenwort

from the belief in its power to cure disorders of the spleen

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“Spleenwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spleenwort. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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