any composite plant of the genus Hieracium, usually bearing yellow flowers.
any of various related plants.

Origin of hawkweed

1555–65; translation of New Latin, Latin hierācium < Greek hierāk, stem of hiérāx hawk + Latin -ium -ium; see weed1
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Historical Examples of hawkweed

  • It was placed high and dry on a tussock in a flaming patch of hawkweed.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • Along the paths there is a fringe of hawkweed and crowfoot and yellow cistus.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

  • I have since learned that the plant is Hieracium aurantiacum from Europe, a kind of hawkweed.


    John Burroughs

  • The Greeks considered the Hawkweed a holy plant, inasmuch as it was dedicated to the use of a bird they held sacred.

  • A little screen of leaves of the hawkweed permits only the rim of one edge of the nest to be seen.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for hawkweed



any typically hairy plant of the genus Hieracium, with clusters of dandelion-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
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