Dutchman's-breeches


Dutch·man's–breech·es

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌdəch-mənz-ˈbri-chəz\

Definition of DUTCHMAN'S-BREECHES

:  a spring-flowering herb (Dicentra cucullaria) of the fumitory family occurring in the eastern United States and having finely divided leaves and cream-white double-spurred flowers

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First Known Use of DUTCHMAN'S-BREECHES

1837

Dutch·man's–breech·es

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌdəch-mənz-ˈbrich-əz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DUTCHMAN'S–BREECHES

: a delicate spring-flowering herb (Dicentra cucullaria of the family Fumariaceae) that occurs in the eastern United States and has tubers that are a source of corydalis

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Dutchman's-breeches

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dutchman's-breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).—John H. Gerard

Plant (Dicentra cucullaria) of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) named for its sprays of tremulous, yellow-tipped white flowers that fancifully resemble the wide-legged, traditional pantaloons worn by Dutch men. The plant is native throughout eastern and midwestern North America, usually in open woodlands. The gray-green foliage grows from white underground tubers and is not as tall as the flowering stalk, which also springs directly from the ground.

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