from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several Old World plants of the genus Ononis of the pea family, having woody stems, pink or purplish flowers, and trifoliolate leaves.

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  • noun Any of various species of small shrubs making up the genus Ononis, especially Ononis repens, which has pink flowers.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete rest, to check (short for Middle English aresten; see arrest) + harrow.]

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From rest +‎ harrow.


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  • The flower of the field pea, here again, would make a model for a lady's hat; so would a butterfly with closed wings on the verge of a leaf; so would the broom blossom, or the pink flower of the restharrow.

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  • There are anthills, rushes, and other indications of not too rich a soil in this meadow, and in places the prickly restharrow grows among the grass, bearing its pink flower in summer.

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