[fahyuh r-weed]

Origin of fireweed

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; fire + weed1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of fireweed

  • There were great fields of fireweed, which presented masses of pink.

    Canoeing in the wilderness

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Fireweed grew low, but the blooms were large and of a deep rose color.


    Ella Higginson

  • The fireweed, familiar everywhere in the mountains, shone like a tongue of flame against a background of green.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell

  • The Fireweed is cultivated as an ornamental plant in England, where the leaves are also used as an adulterant of tea.

  • Here and there were wooded slopes; others were rosy with fireweed that moved softly, like clouds.


    Ella Higginson

British Dictionary definitions for fireweed


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