spleenwort

noun
spleen·wort | \ ˈsplēn-ˌwərt , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of spleenwort 

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

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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