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noun plural -lums or -la (-lə)
  1. any garden plant of the genus Tropaeolum esp the nasturtium
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Latin tropaeum trophy; referring to the shield-shaped leaves and helmet-shaped flowers
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Historical Examples

  • The name “nasturtium” is applied in gardens, but incorrectly, to species of Tropaeolum.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6


  • Tropaeolum aduncum (Canary creeper): half-hardy, 10 ft., yellow, fringed; an elegant climber.