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gypsywort

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(also gipsywort)

Definition of gypsywort in English:

noun

A white-flowered Eurasian plant of the mint family, which grows in damp habitats.
  • Lycopus europaeus, family Labiatae
Example sentences
  • The wetter areas allow such plants as ragged robin, marsh marigold and gipsywort to flourish.
  • A brief stop at a man-made lake allowed us to see gipsywort, as well as other waterside vegetation and both yellow and white waterlilies.
  • However, it now joins list of plants recorded that are said to prefer moister soils: square-stalked St. John's wort, gipsywort, marsh thistle, greater bird's foot trefoil.

Origin

late 18th century: so named because it was reputed to have been used by Gypsies to stain the skin brown.

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