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scurvy grass

noun
1.
a plant, Cochlearia officinalis, of the mustard family, purported to be a remedy for scurvy.
Origin of scurvy grass
1590-1600
1590-1600
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  • Add to it two ounces of Spirit of scurvy-grass, and keep it in a bottle, well corked.

    The Toilet of Flora Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz
  • Byron obtained several boatloads of cocoanuts and a large quantity of scurvy-grass.

  • They found a small island covered with scurvy-grass (Cochlearia officinalis) the traditional remedy for this painful affliction.

    The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The scurvy-grass and wild celery, moreover, enable “the doctor” to turn out more than one variety of soup.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • You quite forget the cochlearia, or scurvy-grass, so useful to sailors as a remedy for scurvy?

  • Although there was no fresh beef, there was plenty of scurvy-grass and penguins.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for scurvy-grass

scurvy grass

noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Cochlearia, esp C. officinalis, of Europe and North America, formerly used to treat scurvy: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
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