honewort(redirected from honeworts)
Any of several plants in the parsley family having umbels of small white flowers, especially Cryptotaenia canadensis of North America and East Asia and Trinia glauca of Eurasia.
[Originally a name for the umbelliferous plant Petroselinum segetum : obsolete dialectal hone, a swelling (from its use in treating tumors in folk medecine) + wort.]
1. (Plants) a European umbelliferous plant, Trinia glauca, with clusters of small white flowers
2. (Plants) any of several similar and related plants
[C17: apparently from obsolete dialect hone a swelling, of obscure origin; the plant was believed to relieve swellings]
any of several plants of the genus Cryptotaenia, of the parsley family, esp. C.canadensis, having clusters of small white flowers.
[1625–35; hone (of obscure orig.) + wort2]