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