Middle English Dictionary Entry

smert(e n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Physical pain; also, harm [quot. a1420]; also, a burn [quot. 1440]; don ~, to cause (an animal) pain, harm; (b) grief, sorrow, annoyance; also fig. of Jesus; also, contrition, remorse; (c) suffering, hardship; also, punishment.
A plant, either waterpepper (Polygonum hydropiper) or persicaria (Polygonum persicaria); ars ~, q.v.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. smart.