One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sticky Old World plant of the pea family, which has pink flowers and creeping woody stems with spines.
Genus Ononis, family Leguminosae
- ‘Common restharrow should be planted in spring in an open sunny position in well-drained, lime-rich soil.’
- ‘Other flowers present that are now scarce in Suffolk include spiny restharrow and the yellow flowered sulphur clover.’
- ‘Although Restharrow is not commonly used in skin care preparations in topical form, and is mostly used internally for urinary tract infection, we have found that it compliments the other botanical extract that we have combined in our Rejuvenating Toner, and for this reason it is included in the formulation.’
Mid 16th century: from obsolete rest ‘stop, arrest’ + harrow (because the tough stems impeded the progress of a harrow).
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