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spur·ryalso spur·rey (spûr′ē, spŭr′ē)
n. pl. spur·ries also spur·reys
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.
[Dutch spurrie, from Middle Dutch speurie, probably from Medieval Latin spergula, probably from Latin spargere, to scatter.]
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n, pl -ries
(Plants) any of several low-growing caryophyllaceous plants of the European genus Spergula, esp S. arvensis, having whorled leaves and small white flowers
[C16: from Dutch spurrie, perhaps from Medieval Latin spergula; related to German Spergel]
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