Definition of scurvy grass in English:

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scurvy grass

noun

A small cresslike European plant with fleshy tar-flavored leaves, growing near the sea. It is rich in vitamin C and was formerly eaten, especially by sailors, to prevent scurvy.
  • Genus Cochlearia, family Brassicaceae: several species, in particular C. officinalis.
Example sentences
  • He treated his scorbutic patients with a mixture of plant and vegetable juices made from water cress, brooklime, scurvy grass, all herbs rich in ascorbic acid.
  • A line of Alpine cress or maybe Pyrenean scurvy grass ran from an arched mine-level entrance.
  • It is a traditional sailor's specific against scurvy, and is one of the various plants called ‘scurvy grass’.

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Syllabification: scur·vy grass

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