fireweed

[ fahyuh r-weed ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌwid /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. firethorn,
  2. firetrap,
  3. firewall,
  4. firewarden,
  5. firewater,
  6. firewire,
  7. firewood,
  8. firework,
  9. fireworks,
  10. fireworm

Origin of fireweed

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; fire + weed1

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British Dictionary definitions for fireweed

fireweed

/ (ˈfaɪəˌwiːd) /

noun

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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