Definition of spurrey in English:


(also spurry)

nounspurreys, spurries

  • A small widely distributed plant of the pink family, with pink or white flowers.

    Genera Spergula and Spergularia, family Caryophyllaceae: several species, in particular corn spurrey (Spergula arvensis), a spindly weed of cornfields, and sand spurrey (Spergularia rubra), of sandy and gravelly soils

    • ‘Corn spurrey is eaten avidly by many animals, particularly sheep, and has been included in seed mixtures.’
    • ‘Once pastures and turf are well established, the spurrey usually cannot establish from seed due to competition.’
    • ‘Some of these have been introduced to this site but they are all grown from local Ryedale seed, and the pimpernel and corn spurrey at least appeared by themselves.’
    • ‘Corn spurry is most common in coastal areas of the province, but occurs in all agricultural regions in BC.’
    • ‘But perhaps more alarming is how so many once widespread plants, such as butterfly orchids and corn spurrey, have suffered in the modern landscape.’


Late 16th century from Dutch spurrie; probably related to medieval Latin spergula.