Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Wort

wort [ wawrt ] noun: a plant, particularly an herbaceous plant; a medicinal plant   While the word wort has another meaning in the world of beverage brewing, in botany it survives mostly in the names of herbivorous plants—and a … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Nutlet

You would probably not be surprised to hear that a nutlet is a small nut, but it also refers to the fruit or part of the fruit of species like native Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) as well as certain members of the Boraginaceae (borage family), Lamiaceae (mint or sage family), or Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain family). Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Bilabiate

bilabiate [ bahy-ley-bee-it, -eyt ] adjective: having two lips     The first recorded use of the word bilabiate was in 1720, with the meaning still used today. In botany, the term is applied to flowers having long, narrow, tubular … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Whorl

While the word whorl has other meanings outside of botany, along with the arrangement of leaves (phyllotaxis) on the same stem, it is also the term used to describe the four main groups of flower parts: sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils. Continue reading

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