spleen·​wort ˈsplēn-ˌwərt How to pronounce spleenwort (audio)
: any of a large genus (Asplenium) of chiefly evergreen ferns having linear or oblong sori

Example Sentences

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, 30 Dec. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spleenwort was in 1578

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“Spleenwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spleenwort. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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