Saint-John's-wort
noun Etymology: Saint John the Baptist Date: 15th century 1. any of a large genus (Hypericum of the family Guttiferae, the Saint-John's-wort family) of cosmopolitan herbs and shrubs with showy pentamerous yellow flowers 2. the dried aerial parts of a Saint-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) that are held to relieve depression and are used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements

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  • Saint John's-wort — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saint-John's-wort — jänz .wərt, .wȯ(ə)rt n 1) any of a genus (Hypericum of the family Guttiferae, the Saint John s wort family) of herbs and shrubs with showy yellow flowers esp one (H. perforatum) of dry soil, roadsides, pastures, and ranges that contains a… …   Medical dictionary

  • Saint-John's-wort — [sānt jänz′wʉrt] n. 〚after Saint JOHN1 + WORT2: reason for name uncert.〛 any of a genus (Hypericum) of ornamental plants of the Saint John s wort family, with usually yellow flowers and numerous stamens adj …   Universalium

  • Saint-John's-wort — [sānt jänz′wʉrt] n. [after Saint JOHN1 + WORT2: reason for name uncert.] any of a genus (Hypericum) of ornamental plants of the Saint John s wort family, with usually yellow flowers and numerous stamens adj. designating a family (Guttiferae,… …   English World dictionary

  • saint-john's-wort — (|) ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun Usage: usually capitalized S&J Etymology: after St. John the Baptist: from its being gathered on St. John s eve to be used to ward off evil spirits and as a medicinal herb : a plant of the genus Hypericum see hypericism,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • saint john's wort — noun Usage: usually capitalized S&J : the dried aerial parts of a Saint John s wort (Hypericum perforatum) that are held to relieve depression and are used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint John's wort — n. plant having five petaled yellow flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Saint John's Wort —    This herb protects against fairy spells, and is used in healing …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • saint-john's-wort family — noun Usage: usually capitalized S&J : guttiferae …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint James's-wort — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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