bedstraw

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noun

a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses.

Origin of bedstraw

late Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bed, straw
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bedstraw

noun

any of numerous rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, which have small white or yellow flowers and prickly or hairy fruits: some species formerly used as straw for beds as they are aromatic when drySee also lady's bedstraw
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