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Masterwort \Mas"ter*wort`\, n. (Bot.)

  1. A tall and coarse European umbelliferous plant ( Peucedanum Ostruthium, formerly Imperatoria).

  2. The Astrantia major, a European umbelliferous plant with a showy colored involucre.

  3. Improperly, the cow parsnip ( Heracleum lanatum).


n. 1 (taxlink Peucedanum ostruthium species noshow=1), an umbelliferous plant grown in gardens, formerly much used for medicinal purposes. (from 16th c.) 2 (taxlink Astrantia genus noshow=1) spp., such as the (vern: great masterwort). 3 ground elder, herb gerard, bishop's weed, goutweed, snow-in-the-mountain; also Englishmasterwort, wild masterwork ((taxlink Aegopodium podagraria species noshow=1)).


n. any plant of the genus Astrantia [syn: astrantia]


Masterwort is a common name for several plants in the Apiaceae family and may refer to:

  • Astrantia, a genus with several species which are cultivated as ornamentals
  • Heracleum
  • Peucedanum ostruthium, a species used as an herbal flavoring
  • Aegopodium podagraria, sometimes called English masterwort or wild masterwort