Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the order Cruciferæ, and the tribe Arabideæ, known by the pod with seeds in two rows and turgid valves. There are about 20 species, branching herbs, in water or on land, usually with small white flowers, pinnately divided leaves, and pods short or elongated. They bear the general name of water-cress, but N. officinale is the water cress proper, a creeping herb of springs aud brooks, much cultivated, a native of Europe and temperate Asia, naturalized in America and elsewhere, particularly in New Zealand, where it is said to grow so vigorously as to choke up rivers. Other species, as the wide-spread N. palustre, the marsh-cress, are weedy-looking plants of little consequence.
- n. One of various species of the genus Tropæolum. The most common is T. majus, the Indian cress or lark's heel, a showy climber, the large flowers varying from orange to scarlet and crimson. A smaller sort with paler flowers is T. minus. A third kind is the tuberous nasturtium, T. tuberosum. These plants are considered antiscorbutic; the fruits are pickled and used in the place of capers, and the leaves and flowers serve for a salad.
- n. A rich orange color. See capucine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of cruciferous plants, having white or yellowish flowers, including several species of cress. They are found chiefly in wet or damp grounds, and have a pungent biting taste.
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Tropæolum, geraniaceous herbs, having mostly climbing stems, peltate leaves, and spurred flowers, and including the common Indian cress (Tropæolum majus), the canary-bird flower (Tropæolum peregrinum), and about thirty more species, all natives of South America. The whole plant has a warm pungent flavor, and the fleshy fruits are used as a substitute for capers, while the leaves and flowers are sometimes used in salads.
- n. flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings
- n. any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers
- n. aquatic herbs
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“The first photo shown above is comprised of seared rare Quail Roulades with Nasturtium Yogurt and Sunchoke Confit, garnished with peppery Nasturtium Flowers and Leaves, and accompanied with a New Zealand Pinot Noir.”
“The original Latin name of watercress is Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, which was later changed to Nasturtium officinale.”
“A product of the successful slug repellent coffee grounds at the time of seed sowing, Nasturtium ‘Yeti’ brightens this raised planter by the garage deck steps.”
“The Nasturtium ‘Yeti’ promises to brighten the scene with whiteish blooms.”
“Nasturtium is a finicky cottage garden plant in Washington but worth growing -- and eating.”
“If you like you could add a scattering of edible flowers such as Rosemary or Nasturtium.”
“Nasturtium leaves are little goblets for dewdrops.”
“After first disapproving of this innovation, soon the great Ankletrouser himself became a fervent advocate of this methodology, even though he later confessed that watching Nasturtium practicing naked Chicken-Intriguing did tend to give him very sore wrists for several days afterwards.”
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