american brook-lime

American brooklime

noun
See under brooklime.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

brooklime

[brook-lahym]
noun
any of various speedwells found along brooks, in marshes, etc., as Veronica americana (American brooklime) a creeping plant having leafy stems and loose clusters of small blue flowers.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English brokelemke, equivalent to broke brook1 + lemke, Old English hleomoce speedwell, cognate with Middle Low German lömeke

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To american brook-lime
Collins
World English Dictionary
brooklime (ˈbrʊkˌlaɪm)
 
n
See also speedwell either of two blue-flowered scrophulariaceous trailing plants, Veronica americana of North America or V. beccabunga of Europe and Asia, growing in moist places
 
[C16: variant of C15 brokelemk speedwell, from brook1 + -lemk, from Old English hleomoce; influenced by lime]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature