from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The common name of the Menyanthes trifoliata, a gentianaceous bog-plant, a native of the more temperate parts of the northern hemisphere.
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Though you may be choke-full of science, not one in twenty of you knows where to find the wood-sorrel, or bee-orchis, which grow in the next wood, or on the down three miles off, or what the bog-bean and wood-sage are good for.
Tom Brown's Schooldays Hughes, Thomas, 1822-1896 1971
The spreading circles broaden outwards, and make their little marsh, planted with water-grass and forget-me-nots and blue bog-bean, and in the spring with butterburs.
On arriving at the pond I was surprised and delighted to find half the surface covered with a thick growth of bog-bean just coming into flower.
Also meadow-sweet, meadow-rue, and comfrey of every shade of purple, the water avens and forget-me-not, also that loveliest plant the bog-bean, with trefoil leaves and feathery blossoms.
John Keble's Parishes Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862
She took me some six miles on foot in Mr. Palmer's beautiful plantations, in search of that exquisite wild-flower the bog-bean, do you know it? most beautiful of flowers, either wild -- or, as K. puts it, -- "tame."
Our Village Mary Russell Mitford 1821
For the mistress he promised to gather bog-bean when the time came, and she was in her very element; and there sat Dan McBride with Gude kens what evil in his head, his eyes smiling at the old dame and listening how she cured a young lass of a stomach complaint with the wee round caps of the wilks -- "for mind you," says she, "each wee round cap will lift its ain weight o 'poison frae the stomach."
The McBrides A Romance of Arran John Sillars
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