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spurry

[spur-ee, spuhr-ee]
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noun, plural spur·ries.
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, especially S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves.
  2. any of various allied or similar plants.

Origin of spurry

First recorded in 1570–80; spur1 + -y1
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Historical Examples

  • Name from sagina, fattening; previously applied to the spurry.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray