- any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, especially S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves.
- any of various allied or similar plants.
Origin of spurry
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Chaucer described “The Wife of Bath” as wearing “on her feet a paire of spurries sharpe.”The Heritage of Dress
Wilfred Mark Webb
- 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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