Garden cress, botanically called Cardamine, a diminutive of the
Greek kardamon, called in Latin nasturtium, sometimes
called Nose-smart (Kara-damon, head-afflicting); so
Nasi-tortium (nose-twisting), called so in consequence of
When ladies' smocks of silver white
Do paint the meadows with delight.
Called Ladies' smocks because the flowers resemble linen exposed to
whiten on the grass- “when maidens bleach their summer smocks.” There
is, however, a purple tint which mars its perfect whiteness. Another
name of the plant is “Cuckoo-flower,” because it comes into flower
when the cuckoo sings.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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