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 My visits, in the early summer, reflected the season in its ingredients, along with homegrown garnishes like oxalis and nasturtium. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 July 2021 Some of my favorites are Swiss chard, parsley, trailing and bush tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (along with trailing nasturtium). Washington Post, 17 May 2021 The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is up and running, as is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and its annual hanging nasturtium exhibit., 14 Apr. 2021 Amazingly, the entire nasturtium plant is edible — seeds, peppery leaves and pretty flowers that are beautiful and delicious decorations for cakes, salads or any plating. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, 22 Mar. 2021 Transplants of hardier plants, such as cabbages, broccoli, parsley, lavender, cilantro, nasturtium and pansies, are happy to be planted in April. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Steam Bath facial product is perfect for just that, thanks to its combination of herbal extracts like nasturtium, daisy, and witch hazel, which work together to reduce redness and inflammation, and to soften blackheads. Akili King, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2021 Along with the collagen-boosting Tri-Peptide Complex, Kateceuticals Firming Serum contains a dose of hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturize and smooth the look of your skin, plus nasturtium flower to brighten and further boost your skin barrier. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2021 Her garden includes salad greens, wild fennel and mint, zucchini and zucchini blossoms, and nasturtium flowers. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2020

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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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12 Jul 2021

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“Nasturtium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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


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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