Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several plants having rounded leaves suggestive of pennies, as:
  • n. A Eurasian plant (Umbilicus rupestris) having thick peltate leaves and yellowish-green flowers. Also called navelwort.
  • n. A North American plant (Obolaria virginica) having fleshy leaves and small white or purplish flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant, Umbilicus rupestris, having leaves the shape and size of a (pre-decimal) penny
  • n. A name given to several completely different plants around the world. In general they all have round leaves of about the shape and size of a (pre-decimal) penny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European trailing herb (Linaria Cymbalaria) with roundish, reniform leaves. It is often cultivated in hanging baskets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several round-leafed plants of different genera.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

penny +‎ wort

Examples

  • Once we've fought and lost a losing battle with the pondweed, we spy some pennywort, a weed that sits underneath the water and requires us to go at it repeatedly, using the arm of the conveyer belt to detach it from reeds and scoop it up on to the belt.

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  • After lunch, foodists should browse the aisles of Mung Mee's east Asian supermarket next door, where you can pick up everything from canned pennywort drinks to Chinese salted duck eggs.

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  • On the river Lea, invasive species including Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and floating pennywort have been removed, along with concrete walls, to improve the river habitat for wildlife and users.

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  • In Denver, white clover, raoulia (Raoulia australis), mouse ear cerastium (Cerastium ssp.) and pennywort (Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides).

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  • It started with fresh gulls eggs and celery salt, and then included baked bone marrow with cider vinegar and wild fennel; pig's head with carrots, mead and pennywort; plus suckling kid, new season's onions and ramson.

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  • A spiral stairway, within concave walls sprouting spleenwort ferns and pennywort, leads to a look-out at the top of the tower bounded by pinnacles and a parapet encrusted with lichen.

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  • For a do-it-yourself taste of Cabramatta, start your day at Café Nho in Belvedere Arcade off John Street for one of Mr. Nguyen's caffeinated potions or an Asian-style fruit shake, taking your pick from ingredients such as avocado and durian, sour apple and strawberry, pennywort and basil seed.

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  • Dense high tussock grass dominates all the coastal lowlands and cliffs up to 200-500 m except in marshes where the pennywort Hydrocotyle capitata is common and on the drier western slopes which are dominated by tree fern Blechnum penna-marina heath.

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  • A good deal of boasting went overhead, as our men defiled along the lane; and the thick broad patins of pennywort jutted out between the stones, ready to heal their bruises.

    Lorna Doone

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