One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Pepperwort, Lepidium campestre, a plant of the family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) once credited with great medicinal virtues (now rare, perhaps obsolete).
2Pennycress, Thlaspi arvense.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist.
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