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

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Definition of squinancywort in English:


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
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.

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