Buck bean


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Buck bean bēn` (Bot) A perennial plant (Menyanthes trifoliata) of Europe and America which grows in moist and boggy places, having racemes of white, reddish, or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves, sometimes used in medicine; marsh trefoil; -- called also bog bean. It often roots at the water margin and spreads across the surface.
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In literature:

Menyanthes trifoliata (Buck-bean) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
They want feeding with tares, peas, or small beans; and buck-wheat is very good for them.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett