Definition of wort in English:


Syllabification: wort
Pronunciation: /wərt, wôrt


  • 1 [in combination] Used in names of plants and herbs, especially those used, especially formerly, as food or medicinally, e.g., butterwort, woundwort.
  • 1.1 archaic A plant or herb used medicinally.
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    • St. John's wort is an herb that some people use to treat depression.
    • St John's wort is an ancient herb, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as an astringent to be rubbed on wounds.
    • As many might know, one of the worts' herbal properties is as a calmative.
  • 2The sweet infusion of ground malt or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors.
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    • Purified water is first used to cool the boiled wort (the beer after boiling but before fermenting), becoming heated in the process.
    • Waste heat recovered from the boiling kettle and from wort (unfermented beer) as it's cooled down is used to heat water for brewing and for cleaning the tanks.
    • Instead, we recover heat from the boiling kettle and from wort [unfermented beer] as it's cooled down from boiling temperatures to fermentation temperatures.


Old English wyrt, of Germanic origin; related to root1.

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