buck bean


noun

a bog plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, of the gentian family, having narrow clusters of white or pink flowers.

Origin of buck bean

1570–80; earlier buckes bean, translation of Dutch boksboon
Also called bogbean, marsh trefoil.
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Examples from the Web for buck bean

  • In the next meadow they came upon beds of Menyanthes—an ugly name, and its common one of buck-bean is not much better.