noun (1)
\ ˈwərt How to pronounce wort (audio) , ˈwȯrt How to pronounce wort (audio) \

Definition of wort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: plant especially : an herbaceous plant usually used in combination lousewort


noun (2)

Definition of wort (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sweet liquid drained from mash and fermented to make beer and whiskey

First Known Use of wort

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wort

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English wyrt root, herb, plant — more at root

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old English wyrt; akin to Middle High German würze brewer's wort, Old English wyrt root, herb

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“Wort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wort. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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