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definition of the word arsesmart

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From arse + smart, because the plant stings when it touches bare skin, and was often lain in beds to kill fleas.

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arsesmart

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uncountable

arsesmart (uncountable)

  1. The water-pepper plant, Polygonum hydropiper.
    • 1658: Why [do] Fenny waters afford the hottest and sweetest plants, as Calamus, Cyperus, and Crowfoot, and mudd cast out of ditches most naturally produceth Arsmart? — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 201)
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