scurvy grass

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scurvy grass

n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Cochlearia of the mustard family, especially the circumboreal species C. officinalis, having pungent fleshy foliage and formerly used to prevent or treat scurvy.
2. Any of various other plants formerly used to prevent or treat scurvy.

scurvy grass

n
(Plants) any of various plants of the genus Cochlearia, esp C. officinalis, of Europe and North America, formerly used to treat scurvy: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

scur′vy grass`


n.
a plant, Cochlearia officinalis, of the mustard family, purported to be a remedy for scurvy.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scurvy grass - a widely distributed Arctic cress reputed to have value in treatment or prevention of scurvy; a concentrated source of vitamin C
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
Cochlearia, genus Cochlearia - a genus of the family Cruciferae
2.scurvy grass - any plant of the genus Barbarea: yellow-flowered Eurasian cresses; widely cultivated for winter salad
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
Barbarea, genus Barbarea - biennial or perennial herbs of north temperate regions: winter cress