toothwort

noun tooth·wort \ ˈtüth-ˌwərt , -ˌwȯrt \
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of toothwort

1 : a European parasitic plant (Lathraea squamaria) of the broomrape family having pink-tinged white flowers and tooth-shaped scaly leaves
2 : any of several cresses (genus Dentaria) that have usually fleshy scaly rhizomes and are sometimes placed in the same genus as the bitter cresses

Recent Examples of toothwort from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'toothwort.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of toothwort

1597


Learn More about toothwort


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up toothwort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lower or disgrace the reputation of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!