[gohl-duh n-rod]


any composite plant of the genus Solidago, most species of which bear numerous small, yellow flower heads.
a strong to vivid yellow.


of the color goldenrod.

Origin of goldenrod

First recorded in 1560–70; golden + rod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for goldenrod

Historical Examples of goldenrod

  • Just outside the gate was a little wilderness of goldenrod and asters.

  • Look at the seeds of the boneset, joe-pye-weed, milkweed, and goldenrod!

    The Fall of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The window-seats were filled with bracken, fern, and goldenrod.

  • Stud remembered to bring in frosty asters and goldenrod to Sarah.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • Sure at last that the miracle had happened, he scuttled into the goldenrod.

    Double Challenge

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for goldenrod



any plant of the genus Solidago, of North America, Europe, and Asia, having spikes made up of inflorescences of minute yellow florets: family Asteraceae (composites)See also yellowweed
any of various similar related plants, such as Brachychaeta sphacelata (false goldenrod) of the southern US
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Word Origin and History for goldenrod

1560s, from golden + rod.

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