buck·​bean ˈbək-ˌbēn How to pronounce buckbean (audio)
: a perennial herbaceous plant (Menyanthes trifoliata of the family Menyanthaceae) growing in bogs and having racemes of white or pinkish flowers

Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buckbean was in 1578

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“Buckbean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckbean. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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