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also 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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(ˈspʌrɪ) or


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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Treatments consisted of different soil management in the winter, with hand weeding and mechanical mowing of weeds in the entire plot, or the planting of eight species of winter cover crops (white clover, red clover, common vetch, turnip, corn spurrey, black oat, rye, and ryegrass), arranged in randomized complete block design with four replications.
Remains of wild taxa, such as pale persicaria (Persicaria lapathifolia), knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare), wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum), bladder campion (Silene vulgaris), and corn spurrey (Spergula arvensis) were the most common weeds in the latrine samples and presumably stem from the surrounding disturbed habitats at the sea fortress.
Saltmarsh was home to rare plants such as sea spurrey, sea aster, and scurvy grass.
Vincent Hazel, 50, of Spurrey Close, Ingleby Barwick, banned from driving for three years, given a one-year community order and ordered to pay pounds 85 costs for drink driving.
Bryn Griffiths said corn spurrey - spergula arvensis - and field woundwort - stachys arvensis - were seen in the majority of the fields as in the 2005 survey, while a few other notable species were also seen at some sites.
Intake, by sheep, and digestibility of chickweed, dandelion, dock, ribwort, and spurrey compared with perennial ryegrass.
In a few areas, the presence of saline water has allowed halophyte communities of glasswort Salicornia ramosissima, sea spurrey (Spergularia marina), and beaked tassel-pondweed (Ruppia maritima) to flourish.