birthwort

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birth·wort

 (bûrth′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
Any of various herbs or woody vines of the genus Aristolochia having showy, often malodorous, purplish-brown to yellowish flowers with unusual shapes. The European species A. clematitis was used as a folk medicine to aid childbirth.

birthwort

(ˈbɜːθˌwɜːt)
n
(Plants) any of several climbing plants of the genus Aristolochia, esp A. clematitis of Europe, once believed to ease childbirth: family Aristolochiaceae

birth•wort

(ˈbɜrθˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
any of various plants of the genus Aristolochia reputed to facilitate childbirth.
[1545–55]
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Noun1.birthwort - creeping plant having curving flowers thought to resemble fetusesbirthwort - creeping plant having curving flowers thought to resemble fetuses; native to Europe; naturalized Great Britain and eastern North America
Aristolochia, genus Aristolochia - birthworts; Dutchman's-pipe
Aristolochia durior, Aristolochia macrophylla, Dutchman's-pipe, pipe vine - hardy deciduous vine having large leaves and flowers with the calyx tube curved like the bowl of a pipe
Aristolochia serpentaria, Virginia serpentaria, Virginia serpentary, Virginia snakeroot - birthwort of the eastern United States woodlands
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface