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A small cresslike European plant with fleshy tar-flavored leaves, growing near the sea. It is rich in vitamin C and was formerly eaten, especially by sailors, to prevent scurvy.
- ‘He treated his scorbutic patients with a mixture of plant and vegetable juices made from water cress, brooklime, scurvy grass, all herbs rich in ascorbic acid.’
- ‘A line of Alpine cress or maybe Pyrenean scurvy grass ran from an arched mine-level entrance.’
- ‘It is a traditional sailor's specific against scurvy, and is one of the various plants called ‘scurvy grass’.’
- ‘‘He said something about a mix between… quinine and scurvy grass,’ Mrs. McCaylan frowned as she tried to remember.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.