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From Middle English penywort; equivalent to penny +‎ wort.


pennywort (countable and uncountable, plural pennyworts)

  1. A name given to several unrelated plants around the world. In general they all have round leaves of about the shape and size of a (pre-decimal) penny.
    1. (in Europe) A succulent, perennial flowering plant (Umbilicus rupestris; penny-pies, wall pennywort, kidney wort, navelwort) in the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae).
    2. (in Asia) The edible Asiatic pennywort (Centella asiatica)
      Synonyms: Asiatic pennywort, gotu kola, Indian pennywort, spade leaf
    3. Aquatic or semi-aquatic plants in the genus Hydrocotyle (water pennywort, Indian pennywort, marsh penny, thick-leaved pennywort, and white rot).
      1. such as the edible dollarweed (Hydrocotyle umbellata)
    4. Liverwort (Anemone hepatica, liverleaf)
    5. Virginian pennywort (Obolaria virginica)
    6. Cymbalaria muralis
    7. Cymbalaria aequitriloba, a plant with tiny ivy-like leaves with copious purple-pink flowers with yellow throats.

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