moonwort
Honesty Hon"es*ty, n. [OE. honeste, oneste, honor, OF. honest['e], onest['e] (cf. F. honn[^e]tet['e]), L. honestas. See {Honest}, a.] 1. Honor; honorableness; dignity; propriety; suitableness; decency. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

She derives her honesty and achieves her goodness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The quality or state of being honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct, speech, etc.; integrity; sincerity; truthfulness; freedom from fraud or guile. [1913 Webster]

That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. --1 Tim. ii. 2. [1913 Webster]

3. Chastity; modesty. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

To lay . . . siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) Satin flower; the name of two cruciferous herbs having large flat pods, the round shining partitions of which are more beautiful than the blossom; -- called also {lunary} and {moonwort}. {Lunaria biennis} is common honesty; {Lunaria rediva} is perennial honesty.

Syn: Integrity; probity; uprightness; trustiness; faithfulness; honor; justice; equity; fairness; candor; plain-dealing; veracity; sincerity. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Moonwort — Moon wort (m[=oo]n w[^u]rt ), n. (Bot.) (a) The herb lunary or honesty. See {Honesty}. (b) Any fern of the genus {Botrychium}, esp. {Botrychium Lunaria}; so named from the crescent shaped segments of its frond. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moonwort — [mo͞on′wʉrt΄] n. 1. any of a genus (Botrychium, family Ophioglossaceae) of ferns bearing a leafy part that is divided into sterile and fertile segments 2. HONESTY (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Moonwort — Taxobox name = Moonwort image width = 240px image caption = Botrychium lunaria regnum = Plantae divisio = Pteridophyta classis = Psilotopsida ordo = Ophioglossales familia = Ophioglossaceae genus = Botrychium genus authority = Sw. subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • moonwort —    The fern Botrychium Lunaria, or Moonwort, was held to have a strong effect on metal. Its popular name was Unshoe the horse as it was believed to draw the nails out of the shoes of any horse that trod on it, and a story is told by Culpeper and… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • moonwort — Lunaria Lunaria prop. n. A small genus of European herbs of the mustard family, including the herb {honesty} ({Lunaria annua}), which is also called {moonwort} and {lunary}. Syn: genus {Lunaria}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moonwort — noun of America and Eurasia and Australia • Syn: ↑common moonwort, ↑Botrychium lunaria • Hypernyms: ↑grape fern …   Useful english dictionary

  • moonwort — /moohn werrt , wawrt /, n. 1. any fern of the genus Botrychium, esp. B. lunaria, a rare fern having fronds with crescent shaped leaflets. 2. honesty (def. 4). [1570 80; MOON + WORT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • moonwort — muːnwÉœrt / wɜːt n. (also known as grape fern) any of various ferns of the genus Botrychium …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moonwort — [ mu:nwə:t] noun a fern with a single small frond of crescent shaped lobes and a separate spore producing spike. [Genus Botrychium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • moonwort — /ˈmunwɜt/ (say moohnwert) noun 1. any fern of the genus Botrychium, especially B. lunaria, whose fronds have crescent shaped pinnae. 2. → honesty (def. 4). {moon + wort2} …   Australian English dictionary

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