One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of plants with rounded leaves.
a creeping perennial of the genus Hydrocotyle, family Umbelliferae: numerous species, including the North American water pennywort (H. americana)
- ‘Water-starwort makes its particular kind of dimpling, and marsh pennywort makes another.’
- ‘You hike through that tunnel of live oak, cool shade and wren song, then climb the stairs that top out on a high dune strewn with pennywort.’
- ‘Smaller herbs are marsh pennywort and camphor weed (both also common in U.S. wetlands).’
- ‘I just went to a new international farmers market and saw fresh pennywort for the first time.’
- ‘The seeds of pennywort are used occasionally as food by waterfowl.’
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