hardhead

1
[hahrd-hed]
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noun


Origin of hardhead

1
First recorded in 1510–20; hard + head

hardhead

2
[hahrd-hed]

noun

an alloyed silver coin of Scotland, issued in the 16th and 17th centuries, equal to one and one-half pence and later to twopence.

Origin of hardhead

2
1555–65; perhaps (by folk etymology) < French hardit, after Philip III, named le Hardi the Bold (1245–85), king of France, who first issued the coin
Also called lion.

knapweed

[nap-weed]

noun

any composite plant of the genus Centaurea, especially the weedy C. nigra, having rose-purple flowers set on a dark-colored, knoblike bract.

Origin of knapweed

First recorded in 1400–50, knapweed is from the late Middle English word knopwed. See knop, weed1
Also called hardheads, Spanish button.
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hardheads

noun

(functioning as singular) a thistle-like plant, Centaurea nigra, native to Europe and introduced into North America and New Zealand, that has reddish-purple flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: knapweed See also centaury (def. 2)

knapweed

noun

any of several plants of the genus Centaurea, having purplish thistle-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)See also centaury (def. 2), hardheads

Word Origin for knapweed

C15 knopwed; see knop, weed 1
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