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goosefoot

[goos-foo t]
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noun, plural goose·foots.
  1. any of numerous, often weedy plants of the genus Chenopodium, having inconspicuous greenish flowers.

Origin of goosefoot

First recorded in 1540–50; goose + foot
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Examples from the Web for goosefoot

Historical Examples

  • Scurf, Scurfiness, minute scales on the surface of many leaves, as of Goosefoot.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • It feeds in the autumn on the flowers and seeds of various kinds of goosefoot (Chenopodium), also on Orache (Atriplex).

  • But the first thing that stopped Moss was the glowing front of a pawnshop, near the head of Goosefoot Lane.

  • Going south again he came to a low mesa, to a place called Yelak-īmi, "goosefoot."

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber


British Dictionary definitions for goosefoot

goosefoot

noun plural -foots
  1. any typically weedy chenopodiaceous plant of the genus Chenopodium, having small greenish flowers and leaves shaped like a goose's footSee also Good King Henry, fat hen
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