One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: †the Mediterranean plant gold of pleasure, Camelina sativa (obsolete). Later: a plant of the genus Myagrum (family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)), formerly including gold of pleasure but now consisting of a single Mediterranean weed, Myagrum perfoliatum; (in form Myagrum) the genus itself.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. From post-classical Latin myagrum, alteration of classical Latin myagros (Pliny), a plant with oil-bearing seeds, perhaps Camelina sativa from Hellenistic Greek μύαγρος (Dioscorides), lit. ‘mouse-catcher’ from ancient Greek μῦς mouse + ἄγρα hunting, way of catching, fact of catching.
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