buckbean definition

  • noun:
    • A perennial herb (Menyanthes trifoliata) native to the Northern Hemisphere and achieving trifoliate leaves and groups of white, pink, or purplish blossoms.
    • Menyanthes trifoliata, a plant with racemes of white or reddish plants and intensely bitter leaves, often utilized in medicine.
    • identical to bog-bean.
    • perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish plants and extremely sour trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface
  • others:
    • A perennial plant (Menyanthes trifoliata) of Europe and America which expands in damp and boggy places, having racemes of white, reddish, or purplish blossoms and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves, sometimes used in medication; marsh trefoil; -- called also bog bean. It often roots at the liquid margin and develops across the surface.

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