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wort 1

 (wûrt, wôrt)
A plant. Often used in combination: liverwort; milkwort.

[Middle English, from Old English wyrt; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]

wort 2

 (wûrt, wôrt)
An infusion of malt that is fermented to make beer.

[Middle English, from Old English wyrt; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Botany) (in combination) any of various unrelated plants, esp ones formerly used to cure diseases: liverwort; spleenwort.
2. (Brewing) the sweet liquid obtained from the soaked mixture of warm water and ground malt, used to make a malt liquor
[Old English wyrt root, related to Old High German warz, Gothic waurts root]
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(wɜrt, wɔrt)

the infusion of malt or meal that after fermentation becomes beer or whiskey.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English wyrt, c. Old Saxon wurtja, Middle High German würze spice; akin to wort2]


(wɜrt, wɔrt)

a plant, herb, or vegetable (now usu. only in combination): figwort.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wyrt root, plant, c. Old High German wurz, Old Norse urt herb, Gothic waurts root; akin to Old Norse rōt (compare root1), Latin rādīx, Greek rhíza]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wort - usually used in combination: `liverwort'; `milkwort'; `whorlywort'
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.wort - unfermented or fermenting malt
malt - a cereal grain (usually barley) that is kiln-dried after having been germinated by soaking in water; used especially in brewing and distilling
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nBierwürze f
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They sent for some oil of John's wort, and Altisidora herself with her own fair hands bandaged all the wounded parts; and as she did so she said to him in a low voice.
The `effalunt' sat up, looking as much in earnest as any of them, and said soberly to me, "I gif you my wort it is so, if we make too large a noise you shall say Hush!
“Upon my wort, toctor,” observed Major Hartmann, with a roguish roll of his little black eyes, but with every other feature of his face in a state of perfect rest, “put you have a very pretty pocket-book of tools tere, and your toctor-stuff glitters as if it was petter for ter eyes as for ter pelly.”
"It's what I told you 'ud come, over and over again; and there's your month's wage gone, and more, to pay for that jug as I've had i' the house this ten year, and nothing ever happened to't before; but the crockery you've broke sin' here in th' house you've been 'ud make a parson swear--God forgi' me for saying so--an' if it had been boiling wort out o' the copper, it 'ud ha' been the same, and you'd ha' been scalded and very like lamed for life, as there's no knowing but what you will be some day if you go on; for anybody 'ud think you'd got the St.
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