from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The scouring-rush, Equisetum hyemale: so called as being used for scouring dishes of pewter or other metal.


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  • Beneath where the ponds are bushy mare's-tails grow, and on the moist banks jointed pewterwort; some of the broad bronze leaves of water-weeds seem to try and conquer the pond and cover it so firmly that

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