- any of a genus (Tropaeolum, family Tropaeolaceae) of dicotyledonous garden plants (order Geraniales) with shield-shaped leaves, and showy, trumpet-shaped, usually red, yellow, or orange spurred flowers
- the flower
Origin of nasturtiumL, kind of cress from an unverified form nasitortium, literally , nose-twist from nasus, nose + past participle of torquere, to turn, twist (see tort): from the pungent odor of the plant
- Any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, native to South and Central America, that have round leaves and pungent edible yellow, orange, or red spurred flowers and are often grown as ornamentals.
- A brilliant orange yellow.
Origin of nasturtiumMiddle English nasturcium a kind of cress from Latin nasturtium perhaps nāsus nose ; see nas- in Indo-European roots. tortāre frequentative of torquēre to twist (from its pungent smell) ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(plural nasturtiums or nasturtia)
From naris (“nose") + torquere (“to twist")