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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Cochlearia, especially C. officinalis, of northern Europe, having pungent foliage and formerly used to cure scurvy.
  • n. See sea kale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of cress (Cochlearia officinalis) growing along the seacoast of Northern Europe and in arctic regions. It is a remedy for the scurvy, and has proved a valuable food to arctic explorers. The name is given also to other allied species of plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cruciferous plant, Cochlearia officinalis, of northern and western Europe and arctic America: an antiscorbutic and salad plant. Locally called scrooby - or scruby-grass.
  • n. One of the winter cresses, Barbarea pr├Žox, a European plant cultivated as a winter salad, becoming wild in parts of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a widely distributed Arctic cress reputed to have value in treatment or prevention of scurvy; a concentrated source of vitamin C
  • n. any plant of the genus Barbarea: yellow-flowered Eurasian cresses; widely cultivated for winter salad


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