nasturtium

noun
nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , na- \

Definition of nasturtium

: any of a genus (Tropaeolum of the family Tropaeolaceae, the nasturtium family) of herbs of Central and South America with showy spurred flowers and pungent edible seeds and leaves especially : either of two widely cultivated ornamentals (T. majus and T. minus)

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Examples of nasturtium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Try her best garden aperitif: a fizzy Prosecco spritzer muddled with fresh mint and garnished with in-bloom nasturtium petals and peach slices. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Designer Lauren Liess Hosts a Homegrown Supper at Home," 25 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiumsGeese, seagulls, thrushes: This is the week! Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners have lots of questions about seeds and seedlings," 9 Apr. 2020 Skate gets dusted with potato starch, sauteed till the fish turns gold, and positioned on a tangy pool of buttermilk, bolstered with clam juice and streaked with green nasturtium oil. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 17 Dec. 2019 Black/Brown Dark tulips, nasturtiums, chocolate lace, and hellebore will all go straight to your emo goth’s heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 People who eat flowers mainly choose from a short list that includes nasturtium, borage, viola and calendula. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Edible flowers for your garden and dinner table," 7 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, spring in Boston means the return of the nasturtiums at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Spring events bring out big names for Mass General, Gardner Museum," 7 Apr. 2018 At the Gardner, crowds marveled annually at the flowering nasturtium vines cascading into the courtyard from third-floor perches, heralding New England’s spring. BostonGlobe.com, "Mr. Kozak, who joined the museum’s staff 50 years ago as a teenager and had been the Gardner’s top gardener for nearly three decades, died of cancer Sunday. He was 67 and had lived most recently in Stoughton, after formerly living in Westwood.," 8 Nov. 2019 Some are involved: halibut cheek with ginger mint and savory blossoms, served on a nasturtium leaf. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I’d Never Even Heard of Bite House, Now I’ll Never Forget It," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nasturtium

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nasturtium

Latin, a cress

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The first known use of nasturtium was in 1704

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“Nasturtium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasturtium. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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nasturtium

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English Language Learners Definition of nasturtium

: a plant with circular leaves and yellow, orange, or red flowers that are sometimes eaten

nasturtium

noun
nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , na- \

Kids Definition of nasturtium

: an herb with roundish leaves and red, orange, yellow, or white flowers

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