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Pilewort \Pile"wort`\, n. (Bot.) A plant ( Ranunculus Ficaria of Linn[ae]us) whose tuberous roots have been used in poultices as a specific for the piles.


n. 1 Any of various unrelated plants traditionally supposed to be effective in treating piles (hemorrhoids), especially 2 # (taxlink Erechtites hieracifolia species noshow=1), or fireweed, a plant in the aster family; 3 # ''Ficaria verna'' (formerly ''Ranunculus ficaria''), lesser celandine, a plant in the buttercup family.


n. perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles [syn: lesser celandine, Ranunculus ficaria]


Pilewort is a common name for plants that were traditionally used to treat piles.( hemorrhoids) This herb was more commonly used throughout the Tudor period in England. Pilewort may refer to

  • Erechtites hieracifolia, or fireweed, a plant in the aster family
  • Ranunculus ficaria, or lesser celandine, a plant in the buttercup family

Usage examples of "pilewort".

The Pilewort, or lesser Celandine, bespangles all our banks with its brilliant, glossy, golden stars, coming into blossom on or about March 7th, St.

After flowering the Pilewort withdraws its substance of leaf and stem into a small rounded tube underground, so as to withstand the heat of summer, and the cold of the subsequent winter.