American brooklime


noun

See under brooklime.

brooklime

[broo k-lahym]

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for american brooklime

brooklime

noun

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

Word Origin for brooklime

C16: variant of C15 brokelemk speedwell, from brook 1 + -lemk, from Old English hleomoce; influenced by lime
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