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buck bean

a bog plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, of the gentian family, having narrow clusters of white or pink flowers.
Also called bogbean, marsh trefoil.
Origin of buck bean
1570-80; earlier buckes bean, translation of Dutch boksboon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bog-bean, or buck-bean, with white lace-like flowers may be seen occasionally in stagnant swamps.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • In the next meadow they came upon beds of Menyanthes—an ugly name, and its common one of buck-bean is not much better.

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