One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Central and South American trailing or climbing plant of a genus that includes the nasturtium and the canary creeper.
- ‘We have columbines red, blue, and yellow, as we have tropaeolums, leschenaultias, and primulas.’
- ‘White flowering Clematis armandii, red tropaeolum, wisteria and roses are being trained to grow over the pergola.’
- ‘Flame nasturtium (tropaeolum speciosum) with scarlet flowers followed by bright blue berries, is perfect for a sunny wall.’
- ‘The annual Nasturtium tropaeolum majus growing in rich soil will swamp a border if you are not careful, but when controlled it has an incredible freshness.’
Modern Latin, from Latin tropaeum ‘trophy’, because of the resemblance of the flower and leaf to a helmet and shield.
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