[hawg-weed, hog-]


any coarse weed with composite flower heads, especially the cow parsnip.

Origin of hogweed

First recorded in 1700–10; hog + weed1
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any of several coarse weedy umbelliferous plants, esp cow parsnipSee also giant hogweed
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Word Origin and History for hogweed

1707, from hog (n.) + weed; used in different places of various plants eaten by hogs or deemed fit only for them.

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