nasturtium

[ na-stur-shuh m, nuh- ]
/ næˈstɜr ʃəm, nə- /

noun

any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, cultivated for its showy, usually orange, red, or yellow flowers or for its fruit, which is pickled and used like capers.

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Origin of nasturtium

First recorded in 1560–70, nasturtium is from the Latin word nāsturtium, nāsturcium a kind of cress, taken to mean, perhaps by folk etymology, something that wrings the nose (referring to its acrid smell). See nose, tort, -ium
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nasturtium
/ (nəˈstɜːʃəm) /

noun

any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, esp T. major, having round leaves and yellow, red, or orange trumpet-shaped spurred flowers: family Tropaeolaceae

Word Origin for nasturtium

C17: from Latin: kind of cress, from nāsus nose + tortus twisted, from torquēre to twist, distort; so called because the pungent smell causes one to wrinkle one's nose
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