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ironweed

[ahy-ern-weed]
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noun
  1. 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
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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