- any composite plant of the genus Senecio, especially S. vulgaris, a common weed having clusters of small yellow disk flowers without rays.
Origin of groundsel1
before 900; Middle English grundeswili(e), groundeswel, Old English grundeswelge, gundeswelge; compare Old English gund pus, swelgan to swallow, absorb (from its use in medicine); the -r- is by folk etymology from association with ground1
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Examples from the Web for groundsel
I dont want to be groundsel, I dont want to be pecked at, and I dont want to become your canary.The Angel of Pain
E. F. Benson
Groundsel helps the Cholick, and pains and gripings in the belly.Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
George Francis Dow
It feeds on dock, chickweed, groundsel, and other low plants.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
The groundsel speaks not save what it heard 50 at the hinges.
The groundsel tree has been cultivated in British gardens since 1683.
- any of certain plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. vulgaris, a Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)See also ragwort
- groundsel tree a shrub, Baccharis halimifolia, of E North America, with white plumelike fruits: family Asteraceae
Old English grundeswelge, changed from gundeswilge, from gund pus + swelgan to swallow; after its use in poultices on abscesses