Meaning of eyeseed in English:



dialect, historical British
  • A seed believed to expel foreign bodies when placed in the eye; (also) (in plural) the plant providing such seeds, perhaps vervain or wild clary, Salvia verbenaca, or common gromwell, Lithospermum officinale.

    The property of cleansing or expelling foreign matter from the eye was attributed to the seeds of the plant known as oculus christi (probably wild clary) in the 16th cent.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Gardeners' Chronicle.