See also: Nasturtium

English edit

a nasturtium flower, Tropaeolum majus
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Etymology edit

From Middle English nasturcium, from Old English nasturcium (watercress), from Latin nasturtium.

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nasturtium (plural nasturtiums or nasturtia)

  1. The popular name of any of the plants in the Tropaeolum genus of flowering plants native to south and central America.
    • 1915, Robert W. Chambers, “Un Peu d'Amour”, in Police!!![1]:
      To me a nasturtium by the river brink is more than a simple flower. It is a broader, grander, more magnificent, more stupendous symbol. It may mean anything, everything—such as sunsets and conflagrations and Götterdämmerungs!
    • 1922, Katherine Mansfield [pseudonym; Kathleen Mansfield Murry], “At the Bay”, in The Garden Party, London: Constable & Company, page 1:
      Drenched were the cold fuchsias, round pearls of dew lay on the flat nasturtium leaves.
  2. A plant in this genus, Tropaeolum majus.
    Synonyms: monks cress, Indian cress
  3. Any of the plants in the genus, Nasturtium, that includes watercress.

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From nāris (nose) +‎ torquere (to twist). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

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nāsturtium n (genitive nāsturtiī or nāsturtī); second declension

  1. cress

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Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative nāsturtium nāsturtia
Genitive nāsturtiī
Dative nāsturtiō nāsturtiīs
Accusative nāsturtium nāsturtia
Ablative nāsturtiō nāsturtiīs
Vocative nāsturtium nāsturtia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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