Feb. 21st, 2017

charlock

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:07 am
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charlock (CHAHR-lok) - n., a wild Eurasian mustard (Sinapis arvensis, formerly Brassica kaber) with lobed leaves and yellow flowers.


Also called wild mustard and field mustard (which more or less directly translates the current species name). Considered a pestiferous weed when it gets into grain fields, which it does with ease -- and it has spread to North America. The name dates back to Old English cerlic (Middle English form: cherlok), of obscure origin.

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