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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.] [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) A plant of any kind. [1913 Webster] Note: This word is now chiefly used in combination, as in colewort, figwort, St. John's-wort, woundwort, etc. [1913 Webster]
pl. Cabbages. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] Note: Wort consists essentially of a dilute solution of sugar, which by fermentation produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 usually used in combination: `liverwort'; `milkwort'; `whorlywort'
2 unfermented or fermenting malt

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see Wort



Old English wyrt.


  • /wə:t/


  1. liquid extract from the ground malt and grain soaked in hot water, the mash, as one of the steps in making beer
  2. any of various plants or herbs
    The word is usually used in combination to refer to specific plants, e.g. St. John’s wort; however, it may be used on its own as a generic term.


liquid extract from the ground malt and grain soaked in hot water, the mash
any of various plants or herbs



  1. wort (unfermented beer)
Wort may refer to:
  • Wort (brewing), the liquid created by the mashing of malted barley to use in brewing beer
  • Wort plants, plants containing the middle English word wort in their names
  • WORT, a listener-sponsored community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin
  • d'Wort, a daily newspaper in Luxembourg
  • Wort Agar, a selective medium commonly used in microbiological settings.
wort in Dutch: Wort
wort in Swedish: Vört
wort in German: Würze
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