One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European plant of the parsley family with yellowish-green flowers, formerly a widespread weed of cornfields.
Genus Bupleurum, family Umbelliferae: two species, including B. rotundifolium, which is extinct in the wild in Britain
- ‘The conspicuous herbaceous cover of the spruce forests includes the ornamentals monkshood (Aconitum leucostomum), colombine (Aquilegia karelinii), thorow-wax (Bupleurum longifolium) and dragonhead (Dracocephalum integrifolium).’
- ‘Species lost to the UK in recent years include corncockle, thorow-wax and small bur-parsley.’
Mid 16th century: from thorough ‘through’ + wax (because the stem appears to grow through the leaves).
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