noun Date: 1551 any of several herbs or woody vines (genus Aristolochia of the family Aristolochiaceae, the birthwort family) with aromatic roots used in folk medicine to aid childbirth

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  • birthwort — [bʉrth′wʉrt΄] n. any of a genus (Aristolochia) of vines of the birthwort family with brownish or purplish S shaped flowers: formerly supposed to be of help in childbirth adj. designating a family (Aristolochiaceae, order Aristolochiales) of… …   English World dictionary

  • Birthwort — Birth wort , n. A genus of herbs and shrubs ({Aristolochia}), reputed to have medicinal properties. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • birthwort — /berrth werrt , wawrt /, n. 1. any of various plants of the genus Aristolochia, esp. A. clematitis, an Old World species reputed to facilitate childbirth. Cf. birthwort family. 2. any of various other plants believed to aid childbirth. 3.… …   Universalium

  • birthwort — paprastoji kartuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kartuolinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Aristolochia clematitis), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aristolochia clematitis angl. asarabacca; birthwort vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • birthwort — kartuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kartuolinių (Aristolochiaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Aristolochia). atitikmenys: lot. Aristolochia angl. birthwort; pelican flower vok. Osterluzei; Pfeifenblume rus. аристолохия; кирказон lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • birthwort — rūtenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aguoninių (Papaveraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Corydalis). atitikmenys: lot. Corydalis angl. birthwort; corydalis; fumitory vok. Lerchensporn rus. хохлатка lenk. kokorycz …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • birthwort — noun A plant of the genus Aristolochia. Syn: dutchmans pipe, pipevines …   Wiktionary

  • birthwort — n. climbing plant with leaves in the shape of a heart said to facilitate childbirth; any of many other plants believed to ease childbirth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • birthwort — noun a climbing or herbaceous plant with heart shaped leaves, formerly used as an aid to childbirth and to induce abortion. [Genus Aristolochia.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • birthwort — birth•wort [[t]ˈbɜrθˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. pln any of various plants of the genus Aristolochia reputed to facilitate childbirth • Etymology: 1545–55 …   From formal English to slang

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