[ fahyuh r-weed ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌwid /


any of various plants appearing in recently burned clearings, as the willow herb, Epilobium angustifolium.

Origin of fireweed

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; fire + weed1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fireweed

/ (ˈfaɪəˌwiːd) /


any of various plants that appear as first vegetation in burnt-over areas, esp rosebay willowherb
Also called: pilewort a weedy North American plant, Erechtites hieracifolia, having small white or greenish flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
an Australian rainforest tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus, having whorls of bright red flowers
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