- 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
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Examples from the Web for chickweed
The branched fibrous root, as that of the Chickweed and Grasses.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
Chickweed must be sowne in February or March, in the full of the Moone.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
It feeds, in July and early August, on chickweed (Stellaria media).The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series
It feeds on dock, chickweed, groundsel, and other low plants.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
I could see groundsel and chickweed, and others that I did not know.The Wouldbegoods
- 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
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