|1.||See also charlock any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Brassica, esp black mustard and white mustard, having yellow or white flowers and slender pods and cultivated for their pungent seeds: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)|
|2.||a paste made from the powdered seeds of any of these plants and used as a condiment|
|3.||a. a brownish-yellow colour|
|b. (as adjective): a mustard carpet|
|4.||slang chiefly (US) zest or enthusiasm|
|5.||slang cut the mustard to come up to expectations|
|[C13: from Old French moustarde, from Latin mustum|
"I'm not headlined in the bills, but I'm the mustard in the salad dressing just the same." [O.Henry, "Cabbages and Kings," 1904]
a plant of the genus sinapis, a pod-bearing, shrub-like plant, growing wild, and also cultivated in gardens. The little round seeds were an emblem of any small insignificant object. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament; and in each of the three instances of its occurrence in the New Testament (Matt. 13:31, 32; Mark 4:31, 32; Luke 13:18, 19) it is spoken of only with reference to the smallness of its seed. The common mustard of Palestine is the Sinapis nigra. This garden herb sometimes grows to a considerable height, so as to be spoken of as "a tree" as compared with garden herbs.
see cut the mustard.