from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cruciferous plant, Cardamine pratensis. Also called cuckoo-flower. Commonly called lady-smock.
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Further down, below the moor, the laneside verge was bright with lady's-smock, the so-called cuckooflower that blooms when the first cuckoo calls.
The reaches of the river were spangled with white ranunculus, the marshy places were starred with lady's-smock and lit with marsh-mallow wherever the regiments of the sedges lowered their swords, and the northward-moving hippopotami, shiny black monsters, sporting clumsily, came floundering and blundering through it all, rejoicing dimly and possessed with one clear idea, to splash the river muddy.
It contained a leaf of lady's-smock, a mussel-shell, and two fish-bones.
And lilac lady's-smock, -- but let them bloom alone, and leave
Dowsabell went forth to gather honeysuckle and lady's-smock nearly three centuries since.
One which was marshy was white for weeks together with the lady's-smock or cuckoo-flower.
"This pale flower, and that with the green flowers and the great leaves, are lady's-smock and lady's-mantle; they say they are named after the