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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) An annual herb (Spergula arvensis) with whorled filiform leaves, sometimes grown in Europe for fodder.
  • noun (Bot.) any low herb of the genus Lepigonum, mostly found in sandy places.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several European annual herbs of the genus Spergula

Etymologies

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

[Dutch spurrie, from Middle Dutch speurie, probably from Medieval Latin spergula, probably from Latin spargere, to scatter.]

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Dutch or Old French spurrie; compare German Spergel, New Latin spergula.

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