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[gout-weed] /ˈgaʊtˌwid/
a fast-spreading weed, Aegopodium podagraria, of the parsley family, native to Eurasia, having umbels of white flowers.
Also called bishop's-weed.
Origin of goutweed
First recorded in 1770-80; gout + weed1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some of the worst weeds to get out are goutweed and Coltsfoot.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • goutweed is a pest in nearly all gardens, and very difficult to get out.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • At first you might mistake the Wild Angelica for goutweed, as the leaves are very similar, but there are several differences.

  • The seeds of the Wild Angelica are quite a different shape from the goutweed seeds.

  • At the top of each seed-vessel there are two long, thin bristles which bend over, very much like those in the goutweed.

British Dictionary definitions for goutweed


a widely naturalized Eurasian umbelliferous plant, Aegopodium podagraria, with white flowers and creeping underground stems Also called bishop's weed, ground elder, herb Gerard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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