• WordNet 3.6
    • n nasturtium flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings
    • n Nasturtium aquatic herbs
    • n nasturtium any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nasturtium (Bot) A genus of cruciferous plants, having white or yellowish flowers, including several species of cress. They are found chiefly in wet or damp grounds, and have a pungent biting taste.
    • Nasturtium (Bot) Any plant of the genus Tropæolum, geraniaceous herbs, having mostly climbing stems, peltate leaves, and spurred flowers, and including the common Indian cress (Tropæolum majus), the canary-bird flower (Tropæolum peregrinum), and about thirty more species, all natives of South America. The whole plant has a warm pungent flavor, and the fleshy fruits are used as a substitute for capers, while the leaves and flowers are sometimes used in salads.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nasturtium nas-tur′shi-um the water-cress.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. nasturtium, for nasitortium, fr. nasus, nose + torquere, tortum, to twist, torture, in allusion to the causing one to make a wry face by its pungent taste. See Nose of the face, and Torture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., nasus, the nose, torquēre, tortum, to twist.


In literature:

It flowers early and long, and its place might be taken for the autumn by scarlet dwarf nasturtiums, or clumps of geranium.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Make a filling of two-thirds nasturtium blossoms, one third leaves, lay on buttered bread, with buttered bread on top, sandwich style.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
These are especially serviceable for sweet peas and climbing nasturtiums.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Other flowers may be used in the same way; for instance, nasturtium.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
Few ornamental plants are better known or more generally cultivated than the Nasturtium.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
An old dory filled with geranium and nasturtium brightened the centre of the yard.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Finish off with a nasturtium at the top, and also a row all round the outward edge.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 449" by Various
Quasi-natural urns overflow with captive flowers, geraniums and nasturtiums predominating.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
How prettily the nasturtiums, growing over the wall, adorned the time-honored lane by the house!
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1886" by Various
Our round dinner-table was cheerful as usual, with yellow-shaded candles flanking a bowl of yellow and scarlet nasturtiums.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Nasturtium leaves are pretty on the plate to garnish.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
The "climbing" Nasturtiums are not really climbers.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
They do unearth 'em, and 'twas such a nice rhyme for nasturtium.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
I have spent a very busy morning potting out the nasturtiums.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
In fifteen minutes everything was in readiness, even to five early nasturtiums in a tumbler on the dining-table.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
She and Phil walked around to the front of the house again, and down the nasturtium-bordered path that led from the porch to the street.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Nasturtiums are to be had by the middle of July.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Nasturtiums are to be had about the same.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Nasturtiums 357 Onions ib.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Nasturtium seeds should be picked up when they fall on the ground, and spread out until quite brown and dry.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

In poetry:

The convent was a silent place
For all that long, long summer day,
Though in the garden old, the bees
Hummed round nasturtiums gay.
"The Silver Box" by Alice Guerin Crist
As if a bed of bloom had taken wing--
Bright marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias gay--
They breast the breeze or, lightly poising, cling
To other flowers not animate as they.
"Butterflies" by Leigh Gordon Giltner
Nasturtium and sweet-william and red stocks,
And clover crouching in the border grass,
And blood-like fuschia, eve's primrose and white phlox
And honeysuckle--waved all their smell and hue
Morn and eve anew.
"The Lime Tree" by John Freeman

In news:

Replace the lettuce on tuna fish and chicken salad sandwiches with fresh nasturtium blossoms and leaves.
Nasturtium leaves get the Eva treatment.
Cool adds nasturtiums to steamed bulgur for a peppery note, and puts lavender and violets in baked goods.
1â?„2 cup to 1 cup fresh rose, violet, geranium or nasturtium petals.
Great starters are violas, calendula or pot marigold and nasturtium.
Nasturtiums and Johnny-jump-ups are often available at upscale grocery stores.
Help stamp out nasty nasturtiums.