noun eru·ca \ə̇ˈrükə\

Definition of eruca

  1. 1 plural -s :  caterpillar

  2. 2 capitalized [New Latin, from Latin] :  a small genus of Old World herbs (family Cruciferae) distinguished by a short 4-angled silique — see garden rocket

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Origin and Etymology of eruca

Latin, caterpillar, garden rocket, perhaps from er hedgehog — more at urchin

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a brief usually trivial fact

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