jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Mon Feb 23 06:21:57 PST 2004
> Recently I got into a discussion about the meaning of
> the word Wort
> I thought Wort meant Useful, as in it was a lable
> added to a descriptive name- Soap wort, Bladder wort.
Actually, according to the OED (Oxford English dictionary), a wort is:
" 1. A plant, herb, or vegetable, used for food or medicine; often =
2. A general name for any plant of the cabbage kind, genus Brassica;
3. pl. a. = POTTAGE 1. Obs.
b. With qualifying word: esp. long worts.
4. Comb., as wort blade, -leaf, -plant, porridge; wort-blue adj.;
wort-cropper, a name for the hare; wort-cunning (pseudo-arch.), the
knowledge of herbs and plants; wort-stock, a cabbage-stalk; wort-yard, a
so, it's a green plant. There's an often-seen SCA-period recipe called
"buttered worts" where you take any of what we would now call greens, and
cook them in water with butter. YUM!
> what are the origins of this word?
According to the OED:
Old English. wyrt: root, plant = Old Saxon. wurt, Old High German.
(Middle High German. and German.) wurz, Old Norse. (Icel.,
Norw., Sw., Da.) urt, Gothic. waurts; the stem is related to those of
Old Norse. rót ROOT n., and of Latin. radix, and a greek word that
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