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 (nĭp′əl-wûrt′, -wôrt′)
An annual plant (Lapsana communis) in the composite family, native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America, having small yellow flower heads.

[From its former use in folk medicine to treat breast tumors.]
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(Plants) an annual Eurasian plant, Lapsana communis, with pointed oval leaves and small yellow flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
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The gentle LAPSANA, NYMPHAEA fair, And bright CALENDULA with golden hair, Watch with nice eye the Earth's diurnal way, Marking her solar and sidereal day, Her slow nutation, and her varying clime, And trace with mimic art the march of Time; Round his light foot a magic chain they fling, And count the quick vibrations of his wing.
Nemoral species include Aegopodium podagraria L., Glechoma hederacea L., Lapsana communis L., Viola mirabilis L., and others.