One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The celandine plant ("Ranunculus ficaria" ).
- ‘Pilewort occurs in most counties of Illinois and is a common plant.’
- ‘The plant used to be known as Pilewort, as it was used to treat haemorrhoids.’
Late Middle English: from piles (because of its reputed efficacy against piles) + wort.
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