noun Date: before 12th century any of three Old World plantains (especially Plantago psyllium) whose seeds are sometimes used as a mild laxative — compare psyllium

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  • Fleawort — Flea wort , n. (Bot.) An herb used in medicine ({Plantago Psyllium}), named from the shape of its seeds. Loudon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fleawort — [flē′wʉrt΄] n. 1. any of several plants that supposedly ward off fleas, as a European aromatic plant (Inula conyza) of the composite family with rough leaves and yellow flowers 2. a European plantain (Plantago psyllium) whose seeds, which more or …   English World dictionary

  • fleawort — /flee werrt , wawrt /, n. a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine. Also called psyllium. [bef. 1000; ME flewort, OE fleawyrt. See FLEA, WORT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • fleawort — noun a) Any of various unrelated plants that are supposed to kill, or ward of fleas b) A herb, Plantago psyllium, whose seeds are supposed to resemble fleas …   Wiktionary

  • fleawort — flea·wort .wərt, .wȯ(ə)rt n any of three Old World plantains of the genus Plantago (esp. P. psyllium) that are the source of psyllium seed called also psyllium …   Medical dictionary

  • fleawort — n. plant that grows in Europe and whose seeds are used for medical purposes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fleawort — noun a plant related to ragwort, reputed to drive away fleas. [Senecio integrifolius and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fleawort — flea•wort [[t]ˈfliˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. pln a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • fleawort — /ˈfliwɜt/ (say fleewert) noun 1. a rough leaved herb of Europe, Inula conyza. 2. a European plantain, Plantago indica, whose seeds resemble fleas and are used in medicine …   Australian English dictionary

  • fleawort — noun plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative • Syn: ↑psyllium, ↑Spanish psyllium, ↑Plantago psyllium • Hypernyms: ↑plantain …   Useful english dictionary

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