One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Sea bindweed, Calystegia soldanella (formerly included in the genus Convolvulus) (now rare).
2Either of two kinds of scurvy-grass, Cochlearia officinalis (sometimes considered to be a separate species, C. scotica) and C. micacea.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist.
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