Spergula

noun

Sper·​gu·​la
ˈspərgyələ
: a small genus of Old World annual herbs (family Caryophyllaceae) having subulate fascicled leaves, terminal cymes of pentamerous small white flowers, and 5-valved capsules see corn spurry

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, spurry, probably from spergere to scatter, strew (alteration of Latin spargere) + Latin -ula, diminutive suffix

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“Spergula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spergula. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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