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wort

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Pronunciation: /wəːt
 
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Definition of wort in English:

noun

1 [in combination] Used in names of plants and herbs, especially those used formerly as food or medicinally, e.g. butterwort, lungwort, woundwort.
1.1 archaic A plant or herb used as food or medicinally.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] The sweet infusion of ground malt or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors: yeast is added to the wort
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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