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Birthwort \Birth"wort`\, n. A genus of herbs and shrubs ( Aristolochia), reputed to have medicinal properties.


n. 1 Certain plant species of the genus ''Aristolochia''. 2 birthroot, (taxlink Trillium erectum species noshow=1)


n. creeping plant having curving flowers thought to resemble fetuses; native to Europe; naturalized Great Britain and eastern North America [syn: Aristolochia clematitis]

Usage examples of "birthwort".

If she had, she might not have had the strength to go into the woods, find the dog's mercury, the birthwort, and drink the bitter drench that she made from it to kill the child of shame in her own womb.

He had not told the full story: How Wulfgar had pressed and pressed his pregnant wife to take birthwort, to kill the rapist's child in her womb.

Asarabacca is the only British species of the Birthwort family (and perhaps not indigenous).