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Any of various plants of the genus Tradescantia of the Americas, especially T. virginiana, having long thin leaves and three-petaled blue, purple, pink, or white flowers.
[Originally, any of various European plants of the genus Anthericum, later also applied to plants of the genus Tradescantia : spider (perhaps because the long leaves of both genera typically grow upward and then bend sharply downward, resembling a spider's bowed legs, or because the species A. ramosum was used in ancient times to treat the bite of the European tarantula ) + wort.]
1. (Plants) any of various plants of the American genus Tradescantia, esp T. virginiana, having blue, purplish, or pink flowers and widely grown as house plants: family Commelinaceae. See also tradescantia
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants
[C17: so called because of the spidery shape of its stamens]
spi•der•wort(ˈspaɪ dərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)
any of various New World plants of the genus Tradescantia, having blue or rose-colored flowers.
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|Noun||1.||spiderwort - any plant of the family Commelinaceae|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Commelinaceae, family Commelinaceae, spiderwort family - large widely distributed family of chiefly perennial herbs or climbers: spiderworts