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lady's-thumb

[ ley-deez-thuhm ]
/ ˈleɪ dizˌθʌm /
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noun
a smartweed, Polygonum persicaria, of the buckwheat family, having pink or purplish flowers and lance-shaped leaves with a spot resembling a thumbprint.
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Origin of lady's-thumb

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for lady's-thumb

lady's-thumb

noun
the usual US name for red shank
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