Definition of St John's wort in English:

St John's wort

noun

  • A herbaceous plant or shrub with distinctive yellow five-petalled flowers and paired oval leaves.

    • ‘Taken internally, St John's wort is used for mild to moderate depressive moods, anxiety, and nervous unrest.’
    • ‘Products such as St John's wort may act as a mild monoamine oxidase inhibitor or as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor.’
    • ‘Marie-Ange began by lighting the candle, which was a hollow tube infused with honey and herbs including sage, St John's wort and camomile, which are believed to have medicinal and healing properties.’
    • ‘The widely used herbal remedy St John's wort appears to amplify the action of the popular blood-thinning drug clopidogrel, sold as Plavix, a small new clinical study finds.’
    • ‘Psychiatrist Dr David Wheatley has published two independent clinical trials which shows that 60% of patients with mild to moderate depression respond to St John's wort.’

Origin

So named because some species come into flower near the feast day of St John the Baptist (24 June).

Pronunciation

St John's wort

/dʒɒnz/