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fireweed

[ fahyuhr-weed ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌwid /
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noun

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

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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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