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[broo k-lahym]
  1. 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.
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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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Examples from the Web for brooklime

Historical Examples

  • Bullrushes and brooklime are also good, but the bullrushes must be planted judiciously.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • The leaves of the Brooklime Speedwell are smooth and glossy.

  • But the ditches below are yet green with brooklime and rushes.

    Nature Near London

    Richard Jefferies

  • Brooklime, Anagallis aquatica; moderately hot and moiſt, prevalent in the Scorbute, and Stone.

British Dictionary definitions for brooklime


  1. 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
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Word Origin

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