brooklime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brooklime plant of western North America and northeastern Asia having prostrate stems with dense racemes of pale violet to lilac flowers
    • n brooklime European plant having low-lying stems with blue flowers; sparsely naturalized in North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brooklime (Bot) A plant (Veronica Beccabunga), with flowers, usually blue, in axillary racemes. The American species is Veronica Americana.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brooklime A plant, Veronica Beccabunga, with blue flowers in loose lateral spikes. See Veronica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Brooklime a species of speedwell found in ditches
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brĂ³c, water breaking forth; Dut. broek, Ger. bruch.

Usage

In literature:

But the ditches below are yet green with brooklime and rushes.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
The leaves of the Brooklime Speedwell are smooth and glossy.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
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