nasturtium

noun

nas·​tur·​tium nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio)
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: 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)

Illustration of nasturtium

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Examples of nasturtium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choose from bright pink bougainvillea, edible nasturtium, or colorful clematis, among others, for just the right look for your landscape. Kelly Roberson, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 June 2024 Aged beef tartare, nasturtium mayo, and rose petal vinaigrette served at El Chato in Bogotá Courtesy El Chato El Chato's Alvaro Clavijo helped guide the restaurant to the number two spot on the list. Sorrel Moseley-Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Nov. 2023 Marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, and nasturtiums can be added to beds and interplanted with vegetables to ensure color through autumn while encouraging visiting pollinators. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 6 June 2024 Adding strips of squash blossom for a colorful garnish is nice, as are other edible blossoms like nasturtium or calendula. David Tanis, New York Times, 29 May 2024 Other herb favorites include African blue basil, marigolds, and nasturtiums which all aid in fighting disease while improving egg production, proving that the mindful selection of plants can be beneficial to your overall garden, wildlife habitat, and chicken flock’s health. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 Apr. 2024 Descend into the canyon around the rainy season to encounter a mystical meadow filled with blooming nasturtiums, then ascend to the main section of Golden Hill Park for serene views of Downtown. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2023 Floor-to-ceiling windows lead you to a wide-open terrace with a greenhouse and rows of flower beds that grow fresh produce from beetroot to courgettes, nasturtium flowers, and green runner beans. Lewis Nunn, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Some flowers that are considered edible include alliums, nasturtiums, marigolds, pansies, borage, chamomile, and squash blossoms. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, a cress

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Jun. 2024.

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nasturtium

noun
nas·​tur·​tium nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio)
na-
: any of a genus of herbs with showy flowers and edible sharp-tasting seeds and leaves

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