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[hawg-weed, hog-]
  1. any coarse weed with composite flower heads, especially the cow parsnip.
  2. giant hogweed.
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Origin of hogweed

First recorded in 1700–10; hog + weed1
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Historical Examples of hogweed

  • It feeds on the flowers of angelica (Angelica sylvestris), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), and other Umbellifer.

    The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series

    Richard South

British Dictionary definitions for hogweed


  1. 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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