Tree lungwort
Lungwort Lung"wort`, n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; -- so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp. {Mertensia Virginica} and {Mertensia Sibirica}), plants nearly related to {Pulmonaria}. The American lungwort is {Mertensia Virginica}, Virginia cowslip. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

{Cow's lungwort} mullein.

{Sea lungwort}, {Mertensia maritima}, found on the seacoast of Northern Europe and America.

{Tree lungwort}, a lichen ({Sticta pulmonacea}) growing on trees and rocks. The thallus is lacunose, and in appearance somewhat resembles the lungs, for diseases of which it was once thought a remedy. [1913 Webster]


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  • tree lungwort — ▪ lichen also called  Lungwort         (Lobaria pulmonaria), a lichen that, because of its physical resemblance to the lungs, was once used to treat tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other lung diseases. Its elongated, forked thallus (12 to 18… …   Universalium

  • tree lungwort — noun 1. : a lichen (Sticta pulmonacea) growing on trees and rocks, having a lacunary thallus that suggests lung tissue, and used formerly in folk medicine in the treatment of pulmonary diseases 2. : a bluebell (Mertensia virginica) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lungwort — Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp. {Mertensia… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lungwort — noun 1》 a bristly pink flowered plant with white spotted leaves said to resemble a diseased lung. [Pulmonaria officinalis and related species.] 2》 (also tree lungwort) a large lichen which grows on trees, formerly used to treat lung disease.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Cow's lungwort — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea lungwort — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mertensia maritima — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mertensia Sibirica — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mertensia Virginica — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mertensia Virginica — Lungwort Lung wort , n. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the genus {Pulmonaria} ({Pulmonaria officinalis}), of Europe; so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung. (b) Any plant of the genus {Mertensia} (esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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