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Related to stitchwort: common chickweed
Any of several low-growing plants of the genus Stellaria of the pink family, having small white flowers with five deeply notched petals.
[Middle English, from Old English sticwyrt, agrimony : stice, stich (from its alleged ability to cure sharp pains in the side); see stitch + wyrt, plant; see wort1.]
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(Plants) any of several low-growing N temperate herbaceous plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Stellaria, having small white star-shaped flowers
[C13: so named because it was once thought to be a remedy for stitches in the side]
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|Noun||1.||stitchwort - low-growing north temperate herb having small white star-shaped flowers; named for its alleged ability to ease sharp pains in the side|
chickweed - any of various plants of the genus Stellaria
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