from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Sisymbrium, especially S. officinale, a stiff-branching European herb with sharply incised leaves and small yellow flowers, which was formerly much used in medicine as an expectorant and a diuretic. It is extensively naturalized in America. See Sisymbrium.
  • n. Less correctly, a plant of the genus Erysimum, particularly E. odoratum, common on the continent of Europe, but not found in England.


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  • The leaves were described as large and heart-shaped, and to remain green (at the ground) through the winter; but the colour of the flower was omitted, though it was stated that the petals of the hedge-mustard were yellow.

    The Open Air

  • To this list we must also add the horse-radish, the colza, the seed of which produces an oil well adapted for lighting purposes; the _crysimum_, or hedge-mustard, a popular remedy in France for coughs; the shepherd's purse, which the Mexicans use as a decoction for washing wounds; and the _Lepidium piscidium_, employed by the natives of Oceanica for intoxicating fish, so as to catch them more easily.

    Aventures d'un jeune naturaliste. English

  • On the smooth in front of the house, her little white and yellow chickens were peeping and dodging under the low mallows with its bluish rose-colored flowers, the star-tipped hedge-mustard, and pink-tufted smart-weed, and picking off the blue and green flies that were sunning on the leaves; and they did not seem to mind her.



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