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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: Ethnobotany

Some universities have departments of ethnobotany, where the uses of plants by various ethnic and indigenous cultures are studied, including how the wood of particular trees is used and whether a plant or a kind of wood or the oil derived from a plant, is regarded as sacred or as having healing properties. Both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia have departments that study and document the traditional uses of the plants and fungi that grow in the Commonwealth, including their medicinal uses. Continue reading

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