- See under brooklime.
- any of various speedwells found along brooks, in marshes, etc., as Veronica americana (American brooklime), a creeping plant having leafy stems and loose clusters of small blue flowers.
Origin of brooklime
1400–50; late Middle English brokelemke, equivalent to broke brook1 + lemke, Old English hleomoce speedwell, cognate with Middle Low German lömeke
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- either of two blue-flowered scrophulariaceous trailing plants, Veronica americana of North America or V. beccabunga of Europe and Asia, growing in moist placesSee also speedwell
C16: variant of C15 brokelemk speedwell, from brook 1 + -lemk, from Old English hleomoce; influenced by lime
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