Definition of patience dock in English:

patience dock

noun

  • 1English regional (northern). The plant bistort, Polygonum bistorta.

  • 2A dock, Rumex patientia, formerly much grown as a pot-herb.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Withering (1741–1799), physician and botanist. From patience + dock.

Pronunciation

patience dock

/ˌpeɪʃns ˈdɒk/