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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-wurt, -wawrt]
    • /ˈfɪgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
    • /ˈfɪgwɜːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-wurt, -wawrt]
    • /ˈfɪgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/

Definitions of figwort word

  • noun figwort any of numerous tall, usually coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophularia, having a terminal cluster of small greenish-brown to purplish-brown flowers. 1
  • noun figwort A widely distributed herbaceous plant with purplish-brown two-lobed flowers. It was formerly considered to be effective in the treatment of scrofula. 1
  • noun figwort any scrophulariaceous plant of the N temperate genus Scrophularia, having square stems and small brown or greenish flowers 0
  • adjective figwort designating a large family (Scrophulariaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the foxglove and snapdragon 0
  • noun figwort any of a genus (Scrophularia) of plants of the figwort family, with square stems and small flowers 0
  • noun figwort Any of various woodland herbs and shrubs of the genus Scrophularia. 0

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Origin of figwort

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50; fig1 + wort2

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Parts of speech for Figwort


figwort popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

figwort usage trend in Literature

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