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Ribwort \Rib"wort`\, n. (Bot.) A species of plantain ( Plantago lanceolata) with long, narrow, ribbed leaves; -- called also rib grass, ripple grass, ribwort plantain.


n. ribgrass; Old World plantain.


n. an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions [syn: English plantain, narrow-leaved plantain, ribgrass, ripple-grass, buckthorn, Plantago lanceolata]


Ribwort is a common name for several plants and may refer to:

  • Plantago asiatica
  • Plantago lanceolata
  • Plantago major

Usage examples of "ribwort".

Children whistled tunes on white dead-nettle stalks or willow stems, and sucked the nectar out of flowers, and played Fighting Cocks with the stems of ribwort plantain.

Donough tried not to flinch as Ferchar lifted the partially dislodged flap of skin with a practiced thumb, bathed it gently with willow-water to free the clotted hair, then eased it into its proper place and affixed an herbal poultice of ribwort and plantain.

As Herbal Simples, the Greater Plantain, the Ribwort Plantain, and the Water Plantain, are to be specially considered.

The powdered root of the Ribwort Plantain is of use for curing vernal ague, a dessertspoonful being given for a dose, two or three times in a day.