[ gout-weed ]

  1. a fast-spreading weed, Aegopodium podagraria, of the parsley family, native to Eurasia, having umbels of white flowers.

Origin of goutweed

First recorded in 1770–80; gout + weed1

Words Nearby goutweed

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How to use goutweed in a sentence

  • At first you might mistake the Wild Angelica for goutweed, as the leaves are very similar, but there are several differences.

  • The seeds of the Wild Angelica are quite a different shape from the goutweed seeds.

  • At the top of each seed-vessel there are two long, thin bristles which bend over, very much like those in the goutweed.

  • goutweed is a pest in nearly all gardens, and very difficult to get out.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
  • Some of the worst weeds to get out are goutweed and Coltsfoot.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll

British Dictionary definitions for goutweed


/ (ˈɡaʊtˌwiːd) /

  1. a widely naturalized Eurasian umbelliferous plant, Aegopodium podagraria, with white flowers and creeping underground stems: Also called: bishop's weed, ground elder, herb Gerard

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