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 (lŭng′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
1. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Pulmonaria, having coiled clusters of blue or purple flowers and formerly used in treating respiratory disorders.
2. Any of various plants of the genus Mertensia, having drooping clusters of tubular, usually blue flowers.
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1. (Plants) any of several Eurasian plants of the boraginaceous genus Pulmonaria, esp P. officinalis, which has spotted leaves and clusters of blue or purple flowers: formerly used to treat lung diseases
2. (Plants) any of various boraginaceous plants of the N temperate genus Mertensia, such as Mertensia maritima (sea lungwort), having drooping clusters of tubular usually blue flowers
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(ˈlʌŋˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of several plants once believed to cure pulmonary disorders, esp. a European plant, Pulmonaria officinalis, having large spotted leaves and blue flowers.
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Caption: Right: Max Ernst, Schichtgestein naturgabe aus gneis lava islandisch moos 2 sorten lungenkraut 2 sorten dammriss/herzgewachse b) dasselbe in fein poliertem kastchen etwas teurer (Stratified Rocks, Nature's Gift of Gneiss Lava Iceland Moss 2 kinds of lungwort 2 kinds of ruptures of the perinaeum growths of the heart b) the same thing in a well-polished little box somewhat more expensive), 1920, gouache and pencil on printed paper mounted on card stock, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2".
Un cen sy'n tyfu yma ydi llabed yr ysgyfaint (Lobaria pulmonaria; Tree lungwort).
I have planted many areas in different gardens specifically with pets in mind, and have been thrilled to see dogs lie in rosemary to relax, cats enjoying rolling in nepeta (the cousin of catnip), and even one old Lab with respiratory problems, choose Lungwort to self medicate with.
Because the shelled nut resembles the brain it was adopted by the practitioners of 'The Doctrine of Signatures' -- a theory that nature indicated some plants could cure certain ailments by the shape of the leaf or seed: ie Lungwort -- first established by Dioscorides and Galen, then further developed by Paracelcus until it reached its zenith in the 17 th century when it was embraced by puritan physicians that believed God had ordered it so.
(43) Favourite herbs include sow thistle, ribwort, clover flowers, and wild lettuce, in tea, salads or stews, and lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.) for short-term use during coughs or chest infection (although cautious not to overuse herbs, she sidesteps warnings about pyrrolizidine alkaloid content precluding all internal use).