[spur-ee, spuhr-ee]


[spur-ee, spuhr-ee]
noun, plural spur·ries.
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, especially S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves.
  2. any of various allied or similar plants.

Origin of spurry

First recorded in 1570–80; spur1 + -y1
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Historical Examples of spurries

  • Chaucer described “The Wife of Bath” as wearing “on her feet a paire of spurries sharpe.”

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British Dictionary definitions for spurries



noun plural -ries
  1. any of several low-growing caryophyllaceous plants of the European genus Spergula, esp S. arvensis, having whorled leaves and small white flowers

Word Origin for spurrey

C16: from Dutch spurrie, perhaps from Medieval Latin spergula; related to German Spergel
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