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

  • n. Any of several weedy, low-growing herbs of the genera Spergula or Spergularia, especially Spergula arvensis native to Europe, having linear whorled leaves and small white flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several European annual herbs of the genus Spergula

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An annual herb (Spergula arvensis) with whorled filiform leaves, sometimes grown in Europe for fodder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Radiating, like the points on a spurrowel.
  • n. A plant of the genus Spergula.


Dutch spurrie, from Middle Dutch speurie, probably from Medieval Latin spergula, probably from Latin spargere, to scatter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch or Old French spurrie; compare German Spergel, New Latin spergula. (Wiktionary)



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