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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nasturtium(noun)

    any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers

  2. Nasturtium, genus Nasturtium(noun)

    aquatic herbs

  3. nasturtium(noun)

    flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings


  1. nasturtium(Noun)

    The popular name of the Tropaeolum genus of flowering plants native to south and central America.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nasturtium(noun)

    a genus of cruciferous plants, having white or yellowish flowers, including several species of cress. They are found chiefly in wet or damp grounds, and have a pungent biting taste

  2. Nasturtium(noun)

    any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, geraniaceous herbs, having mostly climbing stems, peltate leaves, and spurred flowers, and including the common Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus), the canary-bird flower (T. peregrinum), and about thirty more species, all natives of South America. The whole plant has a warm pungent flavor, and the fleshy fruits are used as a substitute for capers, while the leaves and flowers are sometimes used in salads

  3. Origin: [L. nasturtium, for nasitortium, fr. nasus nose + torquere, tortum, to twist, torture, in allusion to the causing one to make a wry face by its pungent taste. See Nose of the face, and Torture.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nasturtium

    A plant genus of the family BRASSICACEAE. Nasturtium is also used as a common name for TROPAEOLUM. The common name of watercress is also used for RORIPPA & TROPAEOLUM. This is the most popular of the edible cresses, is a hardy creeping perennial plant, native to Europe but extensively naturalized elsewhere in moist places.


  1. Tropaeolum

    Tropaeolum /trɵˈpiːələm/, commonly known as nasturtium, is a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. It was named by Carl Linnaeus and is the only genus in the family Tropaeolaceae. The nasturtiums received their common name because they produce an oil that is similar to that of watercress. The genus Tropaeolum, native to South and Central America, includes several very popular garden plants, the most commonly grown being T. majus, T. peregrinum and T. speciosum. One of the hardiest species is T. polyphyllum from Chile, the perennial roots of which can survive the winter underground at altitudes of 3,300 metres. Plants in this genus have showy, often intensely bright flowers, and rounded, peltate leaves with the petiole in the centre. The flowers are bisexual and zygomorphic, with five petals, a superior three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar spur at the back, formed by modification of one of the five sepals.

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