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pennycress

[pen-ee-kres] /ˈpɛn iˌkrɛs/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to herbs of the genus Thlaspi, of the mustard family, especially T. arvense, of Europe, bearing somewhat round, flat pods.
Also, penny cress, penny-cress.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; penny + cress
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  • One of the plants being used is alpine pennycress, a wild perennial herb found on zinc- and nickel- rich soils in many countries.
British Dictionary definitions for pennycress

pennycress

/ˈpɛnɪˌkrɛs/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Thlaspi of temperate Eurasia and North America, typically having small white or mauve flowers and rounded or heart-shaped leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
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Encyclopedia Article for pennycress

((genus Thlaspi), plant of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), named and sometimes grown for its round seedpods. Most of the 60 species are Eurasian, but a few are native to North and South America, mostly in mountain areas. Common pennycress, or field pennycress (T. arvense), has penny-shaped (flattened and circular) notched pods, which are borne on stalks along the spike; at the ends of the spikes are small, white, four-petaled flowers

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