Definition of brooklime in English:



mass noun
  • A Eurasian speedwell with smooth fleshy leaves and deep blue flowers on long stalks. It grows in wet areas, where the stems take root or float in the water.

    • ‘In and alongside the stream, a different suite of plants can be found including yellow iris, hemlock water-dropwort, lesser spearwort and brooklime.’
    • ‘He treated his scorbutic patients with a mixture of plant and vegetable juices made from water cress, brooklime, scurvy grass, all herbs rich in ascorbic acid.’
    • ‘Various other plants which are sometimes referred to as watercress or mixed with it or treated in the same ways include brooklime, Veronica beccabunga.’
    • ‘An attractive native speedwell, brooklime will grow profusely and happily in garden ponds.’


Middle English broklemok, from brook + hleomoce, the name of the plant in Old English.