Definition of lousewort in English:



  • A partially parasitic herbaceous plant of the figwort family, typically favoring damp habitats. It is native to both Eurasia and North America and was formerly reputed to harbor lice.

    • ‘Among the common wildflowers are one-flowered cinquefoil, woolly lousewort, alpine willowherb, three saxifrages, and an Indian paintbrush.’
    • ‘Leafy lousewort may be found in open coniferous woods or in openings in the forest at timberline.’
    • ‘Now the engineers have proudly announced the discovery of no fewer than five clumps of louseworts safely beyond the proposed dam site.’
    • ‘Swamp lousewort, however, is a taller, more upright plant, and its leaves have no stalk or only a very short stalk.’
    • ‘The lousewort grows mostly on north-facing riverbanks because the vegetation is less dense there.’