chickweed

[ chik-weed ]
/ ˈtʃɪkˌwid /
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noun

any plant of the genus Stellaria, of the pink family, as S. media, a common Old World weed whose leaves and seeds are relished by birds.
any of various allied plants.

Origin of chickweed

First recorded in 1325–75, chickweed is from the Middle English word chiken wede. See chick, weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for chickweed

chickweed

/ (ˈtʃɪkˌwiːd) /

noun

any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Stellaria, esp S. media, a common garden weed with small white flowers
mouse-ear chickweed any of various similar and related plants of the genus Cerastium
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Word Origin and History for chickweed

chickweed


n.

late 14c., chekwede, from chick + weed (n.). In Old English it was cicene mete "chicken food."

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