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A perennial herb (Menyanthes trifoliata) native to the Northern Hemisphere and having trifoliate leaves and clusters of white, pink, or purplish flowers.
[Translation of Flemish bocks boonen, goat's beans : bocks, genitive of bock, goat + boonen, pl. of boon, bean.]
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(Plants) a marsh plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, with white or pink flowers: family Menyanthaceae. Also called: bogbean
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|Noun||1.||buckbean - perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface|
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