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.
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Examples from the Web for chickweed
Historical Examples of chickweed
The branched fibrous root, as that of the Chickweed and Grasses.
Chickweed must be sowne in February or March, in the full of the Moone.
It feeds, in July and early August, on chickweed (Stellaria media).
It feeds on dock, chickweed, groundsel, and other low plants.
I could see groundsel and chickweed, and others that I did not know.
British Dictionary definitions for chickweed
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
late 14c., chekwede, from chick + weed (n.). In Old English it was cicene mete "chicken food."
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