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nasturtium

Syllabification: nas·tur·tium
Pronunciation: /nəˈstərSHəm
 
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Definition of nasturtium in English:

noun

A South American trailing plant with round leaves and bright orange, yellow, or red edible flowers that is widely grown as an ornamental.
  • Tropaeolum majus, family Tropaeolaceae
Example sentences
  • Examples of these are ivy (the variegated types look very pretty), trailing lobelia, nasturtiums and ivy leaf geraniums.
  • These could be interspersed with edible flowers, trailing nasturtiums and orange Calendula would be musts.
  • For great foliage and color contrast, plant yellow nasturtiums around the outer rim of the planter.

Origin

Old English, from Latin, apparently from naris 'nose' + torquere 'to twist'.

Words that rhyme with nasturtium

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