wort


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wort \Wort\, n. [OE. worte, wurte, AS. wyrte; akin to OD. wort,
   G. w["u]rze, bierw["u]rze, Icel. virtr, Sw. v["o]rt. See
   Wort an herb.]
   An infusion of malt which is unfermented, or is in the act of
   fermentation; the sweet infusion of malt, which ferments and
   forms beer; hence, any similar liquid in a state of incipient
   fermentation.
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   Note: Wort consists essentially of a dilute solution of
         sugar, which by fermentation produces alcohol and
         carbon dioxide.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wort \Wort\, n. [OE. wort, wurt, AS. wyrt herb, root; akin to
   OS. wurt, G. wurz, Icel. jurt, urt, Dan. urt, Sw. ["o]rt,
   Goth. wa['u]rts a root, L. radix, Gr. ? a root, ? a branch,
   young shoot, ? a branch, and E. root, n. Cf. Licorice,
   Orchard, Radish, Root, n., Whortleberry, Wort an
   infusion of malt.]
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   1. (Bot.) A plant of any kind.
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   Note: This word is now chiefly used in combination, as in
         colewort, figwort, St. John's-wort, woundwort, etc.
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   2. pl. Cabbages.
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