Definition of squinancywort in English:


Line breaks: squin¦ancy|wort
Pronunciation: /ˈskwɪnənsɪˌwəːt


  • A small Eurasian plant of delicate appearance, with fine narrow leaves and scented white or lilac flowers. It was formerly used in the treatment of quinsy.
    • Asperula cynanchica, family Rubiaceae
    More example sentences
    • Notable species include the exceptionally rare red star thistle, as well as wild clary and squinancywort.
    • The diverse flora includes fragrant, pyramidal, bee and frog orchid, clustered bellflower, bastard toadflax, squinancywort, sainfoin, horseshoe and kidney vetch and hairy violet.
    • The rare cypress spurge grows in abundance here as does dyers greenweed and squinancywort.


early 18th century: from medieval Latin squinantia (apparently formed by confusion of Greek sunankhē with kunankhē 'cynanche', both denoting throat diseases) + wort.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody