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 (pīl′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of several plants, such as the lesser celandine and the fireweed, that are reputed to be effective in treating hemorrhoids.

[From its use in treating piles.]


(Plants) any of several plants, such as lesser celandine, thought to be effective in treating piles
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Noun1.pilewort - perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Ranunculus, Ranunculus - annual, biennial or perennial herbs: buttercup; crowfoot
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Its roots are composed of a collection of tiny rhizomes joined together in one crown in an unusual construction and prompting its common name of pilewort.
To ease existing piles, use an ointment containing the herb pilewort.