any of a genus (Spergula) of European plants of the pink family; esp., the common corn spurry (S. arvensis) with small white flowers, now a weed in North America
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Word origin of 'spurry'
< ML spergula
< L spargere,
to strew (see spark1
): so named from scattering its seeds