Nasturtium



[na-stur-shuh m, nuh-] /næˈstɜr ʃəm, nə-/

noun
1.
any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, cultivated for its showy, usually orange, red, or yellow flowers or for its fruit, which is pickled and used like capers.
/nəˈstɜːʃəm/
noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, esp T. major, having round leaves and yellow, red, or orange trumpet-shaped spurred flowers: family Tropaeolaceae
n.

mid-12c., “plant of the mustard family, like watercress,” from Latin nasturtium “cress;” the popular etymology explanation of the name (Pliny) is that it is from Latin *nasitortium, literally “nose-twist,” from nasus “nose” (see nose (n.)) + past participle of torquere “to twist” (see thwart); the plant so called for its pungent odor. Modern application to a South American trailing plant with orange flowers first recorded 1704.

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