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
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Historical Examples of buckbean
The Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) is very seldom used, on account of its bitterness.
Infusum menyanthis, L. From the herb or root of buckbean or marsh trefoil (Menyanthes trifoliata).
Indeed, it is a lovely plant; it is the buckbean or marshtrefoil, and generally grows in some boggy spot, such as this.
British Dictionary definitions for buckbean
a marsh plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, with white or pink flowers: family MenyanthaceaeAlso called: bogbean
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