Saint-John's-wort


Saint-John's-wort
Saint-John's-wort -'jänz-.wərt, -.wȯ(ə)rt n
1) any of a genus (Hypericum of the family Guttiferae, the Saint-John's-wort family) of herbs and shrubs with showy yellow flowers esp one (H. perforatum) of dry soil, roadsides, pastures, and ranges that contains a photodynamic pigment causing dermatitis due to photosensitization in sheep, cattle, horses, and goats when ingested see HYPERICISM
2) usu Saint John's wort the dried aerial parts of a Saint-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) that are held to relieve depression and are used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements
John the Bap·tist -'bap-təst Saint (fl 1st century AD)
Jewish prophet. John lived approximately at the same time as Jesus Christ. He is considered by Christians the last of the Jewish prophets and the forerunner of Christ. John preached the imminence of God's Final Judgment and the Messiah. He baptized his followers as a token of repentance, and Jesus himself received his rite of baptism. He was executed by Herod Antipas for publicly opposing the latter's marriage to Herodias. Saint-John's-wort derives its name from the fact that it was traditionally gathered on the eve of his feast day (June 24) and used to ward off evil spirits and as a medicinal herb.

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  • Saint-John's-wort — [sānt jänz′wʉrt] n. 〚after Saint JOHN1 + WORT2: reason for name uncert.〛 any of a genus (Hypericum) of ornamental plants of the Saint John s wort family, with usually yellow flowers and numerous stamens adj …   Universalium

  • Saint-John's-wort — [sānt jänz′wʉrt] n. [after Saint JOHN1 + WORT2: reason for name uncert.] any of a genus (Hypericum) of ornamental plants of the Saint John s wort family, with usually yellow flowers and numerous stamens adj. designating a family (Guttiferae,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Saint John's wort — n. plant having five petaled yellow flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

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