- 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.
Origin of nasturtium
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Among those in common use are clover, rose and the nasturtium.
Cover the bread and butter with nasturtium flowers over night.
Other flowers may be used in the same way; for instance, nasturtium.
Finish off with a nasturtium at the top, and also a row all round the outward edge.
Every wall is green with moss and gay with masses of convolvulus and nasturtium.Brittany
Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
- 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
Word Origin and History for nasturtium
mid-12c., "plant of the mustard family, like watercress," from Latin nasturtium "cress;" the popular etymology explanation of the name (Pliny) is that it is from Latin *nasitortium, literally "nose-twist," from nasus "nose" (see nose (n.)) + past participle of torquere "to twist" (see thwart); the plant so called for its pungent odor. Modern application to a South American trailing plant with orange flowers first recorded 1704.