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nas·tur·tium

 (nə-stûr′shəm, nă-)
n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, native to South and Central America, that have round leaves and pungent edible yellow, orange, or red spurred flowers and are often grown as ornamentals.
2. A brilliant orange yellow.

[Middle English nasturcium, a kind of cress, from Latin nasturtium : perhaps nāsus, nose; see nas- in Indo-European roots + *tortāre, frequentative of torquēre, to twist (from its pungent smell); see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]
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nasturtium

(nəˈstɜːʃəm)
n
(Plants) 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
[C17: from Latin: kind of cress, from nāsus nose + tortus twisted, from torquēre to twist, distort; so called because the pungent smell causes one to wrinkle one's nose]
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nas•tur•tium

(nəˈstɜr ʃəm, næ-)

n., pl. -tiums.
any garden plant of the genus Tropaeolum and family Tropaeolaceae, having shield-shaped leaves and bright, irregular flowers.
[1560–70; < Latin nāsturtium, nāsturcium a kind of cress]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nasturtium - any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowersnasturtium - any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers
nasturtium - flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Tropaeolum, Tropaeolum - a tropical American genus of dicotyledonous climbing or diffuse pungent herbs constituting the family Tropaeolaceae
garden nasturtium, Indian cress, Tropaeolum majus - strong-growing annual climber having large flowers of all shades of orange from orange-red to yellowish orange and seeds that are pickled and used like capers
bush nasturtium, Tropaeolum minus - annual with deep yellow flowers smaller than the common garden nasturtium
canary creeper, canarybird flower, canarybird vine, Tropaeolum peregrinum - a climber having flowers that are the color of canaries
2.Nasturtium - aquatic herbs
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
Brassicaceae, Cruciferae, family Brassicaceae, family Cruciferae, mustard family - a large family of plants with four-petaled flowers; includes mustards, cabbages, broccoli, turnips, cresses, and their many relatives
common watercress, Nasturtium officinale, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum - perennial Eurasian cress growing chiefly in springs or running water having fleshy pungent leaves used in salads or as a potherb or garnish; introduced in North America and elsewhere
3.nasturtium - flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
nasturtium - any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers
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Translations

nasturtium

[nəsˈtɜːʃəm] N (Bot) → capuchina f
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nasturtium

[næˈstɜːrʃəm] ncapucine f
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nasturtium

n(Kapuziner)kresse f, → Kapuziner m
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nasturtium

[nəˈstɜːʃm] ncappuccina, nasturzio (indiano)
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References in classic literature ?
The news of the arrival of the Pharaon had not yet reached the old man, who, mounted on a chair, was amusing himself by training with trembling hand the nasturtiums and sprays of clematis that clambered over the trellis at his window.
"Well, then, with the first money I touch, I mean you to have a small house, with a garden in which to plant clematis, nasturtiums, and honeysuckle.
I want it to be a succession of glories from May till the frosts, and the chief feature is to be the number of "ardent marigolds"-- flowers that I very tenderly love--and nasturtiums. The nasturtiums are to be of every sort and shade, and are to climb and creep and grow in bushes, and show their lovely flowers and leaves to the best advantage.
Thus, when they were passing through Toucques, and came to some windows draped with nasturtiums, he shrugged his shoulders and said: "There's a woman, Madame Lehoussais, who, instead of taking a young man--" Felicite could not catch what followed; the horses began to trot, the donkey to gallop, and they turned into a lane; then a gate swung open, two farm- hands appeared and they all dismounted at the very threshold of the farm-house.
Morning-glories and nasturtiums ran all over the bars, making haste to bloom.
The fine old place never looked more like a delightful home than at that moment; the great white lilies were in flower, the nasturtiums, their pretty leaves all silvered with dew, were running away over the low stone wall; the very noises all around had a heart of peace within them.
They went over to Troop's eighteen-hundred-dollar, blue-trimmed white house, with a retired dory full of nasturtiums in the front yard and a shuttered parlor which was a museum of oversea plunder.
Plant basil, chives, tansy, nasturtium and coriander to deter aphids.
For details, visit rhs.org.uk Kale planted with nasturtium in a vegetable plot
Nasturtium Baby Rose was named a 2019 AAS Flower Winner.
Every year Fleuroselect, the international organisation for ornamental plants, singles one out for special mention and members have decided 2019 is the year of the nasturtium. A good choice - nasturtium seeds give so much colour for so little trouble.
Thompson& Morgan's breeding programme has come up with 'Orchid Flame' a nasturtium that changes colour as it matures - developing from red with yellow splashes to fully yellow.