Definition of palsywort in English:

palsywort

noun

  • 1British dialect, rare The cowslip, Primula veris.

  • 2US dialect The marsh marigold, Caltha palustris.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From palsy + wort, after post-classical Latin herba paralysis or Middle French herbe paralyse, erbe a paralisie.

Pronunciation

palsywort

/ˈpɔːlzɪwəːt/ /ˈpɒlzɪwəːt/