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 (lŭng′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
1. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Pulmonaria, having coiled clusters of blue or purple flowers and formerly used in treating respiratory disorders.
2. Any of various plants of the genus Mertensia, having drooping clusters of tubular, usually blue flowers.


1. (Plants) any of several Eurasian plants of the boraginaceous genus Pulmonaria, esp P. officinalis, which has spotted leaves and clusters of blue or purple flowers: formerly used to treat lung diseases
2. (Plants) any of various boraginaceous plants of the N temperate genus Mertensia, such as Mertensia maritima (sea lungwort), having drooping clusters of tubular usually blue flowers


(ˈlʌŋˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of several plants once believed to cure pulmonary disorders, esp. a European plant, Pulmonaria officinalis, having large spotted leaves and blue flowers.
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One example is the tree lungwort lichen - recent research has found potential for it to cure diseases affecting humans and livestock.
Pulmonaria officinalis Pulmonaria offifififififificinalis Classic lungwort
Fungi, such as tree lungwort, has been found to contain properties that could fight the human form of "mad cow disease".
Mae'r llwybr yn dilyn ochr yr afon ag mewn dim o dro, roeddwn i'n gweld llabed yr ysgyfaint, y tree lungwort.
There are little gems dotted about, especially in the west wall border: the curious green flowers of Hacquetia epipactus, the baby pink of Primula "Sue Jervis", exotic bells of Fritillaria pyrenaica, the exceptional white flowers of double bloodroot, blues, whites and pinks of different types of lungwort.
Many plants and even some lichens are edible (if not tasty) and have medicinal qualities, she explained before popping a bit of lungwort lichen into her mouth.
Peter's Wort, and Joseph and Mary, a popular name for lungwort.
GRAY, GRAY-GREEN, WHITE: Artemisia, crown pink, dead nettle, ground morning glory, hosta, Helichrysum petiolare, lamb's ears, lungwort, Russian sage, silver spear, snow-in-summer, thyme, verbascum, yarrow.
A bee on Pulmonaria - also known as lungwort - among the buttercups