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[ahy-ern-weed] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwid/
any of certain North American composite plants of the genus Vernonia, having tubular, chiefly purple or red disk flowers.
Origin of ironweed
First recorded in 1810-20; iron + weed1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He sank deeper amid the ironweed, forgot his errand, and began to dream.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
  • Only one weed seems to hold its own against it, and that is ironweed, a plant like a robust purple aster five or six feet high.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • ironweed and joepye-weed are such lusty, vigorous plants, and burdock and jimson-weed.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • As for the ironweed, it clothes the pastures with a royal purple, so rich a hue it compels the eye, and is a kind of stimulant.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Jacqueline sat beneath the cedar, the branch of ironweed again within her hand.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
  • Followed by Young isham, Rand travelled on by the dusty road, between the parching elder and ironweed, blackberry and love vine.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
  • The tree which bore such remarkable fruit was commonly an ironweed tree standing in a conspicuous situation.

  • ironweed of royal purple, maroon-shot, mingles in illogical harmony with the blue vervain and magenta trumpet-weeds.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
  • The ironweed was in bloom, and sitting on its purple top the dryfly sang the song of midsummer.

    Up Terrapin River Opie P. Read

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