Origin: L, kind of cress < *nasitortium, lit., nose-twist < nasus, nose + pp. of torquere, to turn, twist (see tort): from the pungent odor of the plant
See nasturtium in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English nasturcium, a kind of cress
Origin: , from Latin nasturtium
Origin: : perhaps nāsus, nose; see nas- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + *tortāre
Origin: , frequentative of torquēre, to twist (from its pungent smell); see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
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