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From master +‎ wort.

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masterwort (countable and uncountable, plural masterworts)

  1. Peucedanum ostruthium, an umbelliferous plant grown in gardens, formerly much used for medicinal purposes. [from 16th c.]
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society, published 2007, page 184:
      The root of Masterwort is hotter than Pepper, and very available in all cold griefs and diseases both of stomach and body, dissolving very powerfully upward and downward.
  2. Astrantia spp., such as the great masterwort.
  3. Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria).

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