- a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses.
Origin of bedstraw
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It feeds at night on bedstraw (Galium), in the spring to May, after hibernation.
By way of the lower heaven of bedstraw blooms the eye rises easily to the forest of jewel-weeds.Old Plymouth Trails
Chafe Litter is he that wyll plucke vp the Fether-bed or Matrice, and pysse in the bedstraw, and wyl neuer ryse vncalled.The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth
It feeds on goose-grass (Galium aparine), and other kinds of bedstraw, in May and early June.
It feeds at night on bedstraw, and various low-growing herbage, including grass.
- any of numerous rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, which have small white or yellow flowers and prickly or hairy fruits: some species formerly used as straw for beds as they are aromatic when drySee also lady's bedstraw
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