nasturtium[nə stʉr′s̸həm, na-]
nasturtium definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin kind of cress ; from an unverified form nasitortium, literally , nose-twist ; from nasus, nose plush past participle of torquere, to turn, twist (see tort): from the pungent odor of the plant
nasturtium definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various New World plants of the genus Tropaeolum, having pungent juice and long-spurred, usually yellow, orange, or red irregular flowers.
- A brilliant orange yellow.
Origin: Middle 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.