wood betony

wood bet·​o·​ny | \ -ˈbe-tə-nē How to pronounce wood betony (audio) \

Definition of wood betony

: a lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis) of eastern North America with yellow or reddish flowers in bracted spikes

Examples of wood betony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dwarf crested Iris, blue phlox, Canadian wood betony. Shahla Farzan, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 Look for low-growing Southwestern Lewisia, brilliant yellow mountain dandelions, wood betony and delicate Fendler’s sandwort growing among pine needles and limestone boulders. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of wood betony

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wood betony

Middle English betone, from Anglo-French betoine, from Latin vettonica, betonica, from Vettones, an ancient people inhabiting the Iberian Peninsula

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“Wood betony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20betony. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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