Pronunciation Noun

wort (plural worts)

  1. (archaic) A plant; herb; vegetable.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      he drinks water, and lives on wort leaves, pulse, like a hogg, or scraps like a dog […].
    • It is an excellent pleasure to be able to take pleasure in worts and water, in bread and onions, for then a man can never want pleasure when it is so ready for him, that nature hath spread it over all its provisions.
  2. Any of various plants or herbs, used in combination to refer to specific plants such as St. John's wort, or on its own as a generic term.

wort (uncountable)

  1. (brewing) Liquid extract from the ground malt and grain soaked in hot water, the mash, as one of the steps in making beer.

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