Origin of hardhead1
- an alloyed silver coin of Scotland, issued in the 16th and 17th centuries, equal to one and one-half pence and later to twopence.
Origin of hardhead2
1555–65; perhaps (by folk etymology) < French hardit, after Philip III, named le Hardi the Bold (1245–85), king of France, who first issued the coin
Also called lion.
- any composite plant of the genus Centaurea, especially the weedy C. nigra, having rose-purple flowers set on a dark-colored, knoblike bract.
Origin of knapweed
Also called hardheads, Spanish button.
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Examples from the Web for hardheads
The work came out so well that I said, "Boys, here is a great scheme—these hardheads are splendid building material."Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14
- (functioning as singular) a thistle-like plant, Centaurea nigra, native to Europe and introduced into North America and New Zealand, that has reddish-purple flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: knapweed See also centaury (def. 2)
C15 knopwed; see knop, weed 1
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