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a bog plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, of the gentian family, having narrow clusters of white or pink flowers.
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Also called bogbean, marsh trefoil.
Origin of buck bean
1570–80; earlier buckes bean, translation of Dutch boksboon
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How to use buck bean in a sentence
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.Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children|W. Houghton
The fringed buckbean (villarsia) is said to be an inhabitant of these brooks.The Call of the Wildflower|Henry S. Salt
The Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) is very seldom used, on account of its bitterness.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for buck bean
/ (ˈbʌkˌbiːn) /
a marsh plant, Menyanthes trifoliata, with white or pink flowers: family MenyanthaceaeAlso called: bogbean
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