Definition of baldmoney in English:


nounPlural baldmoneys

  • another term for spignel
    • ‘Lovage's old name of bladder seed owes less to its diuretic properties than to confusion with its Scottish cousin, spignel or baldmoney, corrupted from Balder, the Apollo of northern myths.’
    • ‘Bras selected as the symbol of his restaurant the finely divided leaf of cistre, which in English is called baldmoney or spignel.’
    • ‘Highlanders used baldmoney or spignel to give food a spicy flavour and also chewed the roots as a stimulant and to relieve flatulence.’


Late Middle English (denoting the gentian; now only Scots): of unknown origin.