Spurry

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spurry (Bot) An annual herb (Spergula arvensis) with whorled filiform leaves, sometimes grown in Europe for fodder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spurry Radiating, like the points on a spurrowel.
    • n spurry A plant of the genus Spergula. The common species is S. arvensis, the corn-spurry, from whose seeds a lamp-oil has sometimes been extracted. Knotted spurry, more properly called knotted pearlwort, is Sagina nodosa. The lawn-spurry (or properly lawn pearlwort) is Sagina glabra. The sand-spurry is of the genus Spergularia. See Spergula.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spurry spur′i a plant of the genus Spergula.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. or OF. spurrie,; cf. G. spergel, NL. spergula,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sporrie, of Teut. origin; cf. Ger. spörgel.

Usage

In literature:

The plants most commonly employed in this country are spurry, white mustard, and turnips.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson
Everywhere they grew fodder, and spurry and horse-beans.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
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