spurry
noun see spurrey

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spurry — Spur ry (sp[u^]r r[y^]), n. [D. or OF. spurrie; cf. G. spergel, NL. spergula.] (Bot.) An annual herb ({Spergula arvensis}) with whorled filiform leaves, sometimes grown in Europe for fodder. [Written also {spurrey}.] [1913 Webster] {Sand spurry}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spurry — or spurrey [spʉr′ē] n. [Du spurrie < ML spergula < L spargere, to strew (see SPARK1): so named from scattering its seeds] 1. any of a genus (Spergula) of European plants of the pink family; esp., the common corn spurry 2. (S. arvensis) with …   English World dictionary

  • spurry — /ˈspʌri/ (say spuree) noun 1. → corn spurry. 2. → sand spurry. Also, spurrey. {Middle Dutch spurie. Compare Medieval Latin spergula} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spurry — n. (also spurrey) (pl. ies or eys) a slender plant of the genus Spergula, esp. the corn spurry, a white flowered weed in cornfields etc. Etymology: Du. spurrie, prob. rel. to med.L spergula …   Useful english dictionary

  • spurry — /sperr ee, spur ee/, n., pl. spurries. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, esp. S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves. 2. any of various allied or similar plants. [1570 80; SPUR1 +… …   Universalium

  • spurry — spur·ry …   English syllables

  • spurry — spur•ry or spur•rey [[t]ˈspɜr i, ˈspʌr i[/t]] n. pl. ries or reys pln any plant of the genus Spergula, of the pink family, esp. S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves • Etymology: 1570–80; < Dspurrie, MDsporie, speurie,… …   From formal English to slang

  • Sand spurry — Spurry Spur ry (sp[u^]r r[y^]), n. [D. or OF. spurrie; cf. G. spergel, NL. spergula.] (Bot.) An annual herb ({Spergula arvensis}) with whorled filiform leaves, sometimes grown in Europe for fodder. [Written also {spurrey}.] [1913 Webster] {Sand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sand spurry — noun prostrate weedy herb with tiny pink flowers; widespread throughout Europe and Asia on sand dunes and heath and coastal cliffs; naturalized in eastern North America • Syn: ↑sea spurry, ↑Spergularia rubra • Hypernyms: ↑weed • Member Holonyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea spurry — noun prostrate weedy herb with tiny pink flowers; widespread throughout Europe and Asia on sand dunes and heath and coastal cliffs; naturalized in eastern North America • Syn: ↑sand spurry, ↑Spergularia rubra • Hypernyms: ↑weed • Member Holonyms …   Useful english dictionary

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