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Any of several plants of the genus Leonurus of the mint family, especially L. cardiaca, having clusters of small purple or pink flowers with spiny sepals.
[Middle English moderwort : moder, mother, womb (from its use in treating diseases of the uterus); see mother1 + wort, wort; see wort1.]
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(Plants) any of several plants of the Eurasian genus Leonurus, esp L. cardiaca, having divided leaves and clusters of small purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C14: so named because it was thought to be beneficial in uterine disorders]
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|Noun||1.||motherwort - bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowers|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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