fleabane

[ flee-beyn ]
/ ˈfliˌbeɪn /

noun

any of various composite plants, as Pulicaria dysenterica, of Europe, or Erigeron philadelphicus, of the U.S., reputed to destroy or drive away fleas.

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Origin of fleabane

First recorded in 1540–50; flea + bane
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Example sentences from the Web for fleabane

  • Our fleabane is a troublesome weed at times, but good husbandry has little to dread from it.

    A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for fleabane

fleabane
/ (ˈfliːˌbeɪn) /

noun

any of several plants of the genus Erigeron, such as E. acer, having purplish tubular flower heads with orange centres: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of several plants of the related genus Pulicaria, esp the Eurasian P. dysenterica, which has yellow daisy-like flower heads
Canadian fleabane a related plant, Conyza (or Erigeron) canadensis, with small white tubular flower headsUS name: horseweed
any of various other plants reputed to ward off fleas
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