stitchwort(redirected from greater stitchworts)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Any of several low-growing plants of the genus Stellaria of the pink family, having small white flowers with five deeply notched petals.
[Middle English, from Old English sticwyrt, agrimony : stice, stich (from its alleged ability to cure sharp pains in the side); see stitch + wyrt, plant; see wort1.]
(Plants) any of several low-growing N temperate herbaceous plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Stellaria, having small white star-shaped flowers
[C13: so named because it was once thought to be a remedy for stitches in the side]