from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of the Menyanthes trifoliata, a gentianaceous bog-plant, a native of the more temperate parts of the northern hemisphere.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Though you may be choke-full of science, not one in twenty of you knows where to find the wood-sorrel, or bee-orchis, which grow in the next wood, or on the down three miles off, or what the bog-bean and wood-sage are good for.
The spreading circles broaden outwards, and make their little marsh, planted with water-grass and forget-me-nots and blue bog-bean, and in the spring with butterburs.
On arriving at the pond I was surprised and delighted to find half the surface covered with a thick growth of bog-bean just coming into flower.
Also meadow-sweet, meadow-rue, and comfrey of every shade of purple, the water avens and forget-me-not, also that loveliest plant the bog-bean, with trefoil leaves and feathery blossoms.
She took me some six miles on foot in Mr. Palmer's beautiful plantations, in search of that exquisite wild-flower the bog-bean, do you know it? most beautiful of flowers, either wild -- or, as K. puts it, -- "tame."
For the mistress he promised to gather bog-bean when the time came, and she was in her very element; and there sat Dan McBride with Gude kens what evil in his head, his eyes smiling at the old dame and listening how she cured a young lass of a stomach complaint with the wee round caps of the wilks -- "for mind you," says she, "each wee round cap will lift its ain weight o 'poison frae the stomach."