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(mŭg′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of several artemisias, especially Artemesia vulgaris, native to Eurasia, having downy leaves and used as a flavoring and in moxibustion.

[Middle English, from Old English mucgwyrt, mugwyrt : mucg-, variant of mycg, midge (since mugwort is attractive to flies, and bunches of mugwort were hung in houses, stables, and barns until covered with flies, after which the bunches were covered with a sack to trap the flies and put into water to drown them) + wyrt, plant; see wort1.]
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1. (Plants) a N temperate perennial herbaceous plant, Artemisia vulgaris, with aromatic leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) another name for crosswort
[Old English mucgwyrt, perhaps from Old English mycg midge]
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Noun1.mugwort - any of several weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisiamugwort - any of several weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia
genus Artemisia - usually aromatic shrubs or herbs of north temperate regions and South Africa and western South America: wormwood; sagebrush; mugwort; tarragon
wormwood - any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
Artemisia gnaphalodes, Artemisia ludoviciana, prairie sage, western mugwort, white sage, cudweed - perennial cottony-white herb of southwestern United States
Artemisia vulgaris, common mugwort - European tufted aromatic perennial herb having hairy red or purple stems and dark green leaves downy white below and red-brown florets
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