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horseweed

[ hawrs-weed ]
/ ˈhɔrsˌwid /
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noun
a North American composite weed, Erigeron canadensis, having narrow, hairy leaves and clusters of very small greenish-white flowers.
any of various other common weeds with small yellow flowers.
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Origin of horseweed

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; horse + weed1
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How to use horseweed in a sentence

  • He came out upon the road slowly and stopped there, switching his legs absently with the stalk of a horseweed.

  • And I know that, in the same mood, she dowered the vulgar horseweed with the breath of the mignonette.

    The Land of Long Ago|Eliza Calvert Hall

British Dictionary definitions for horseweed

horseweed
/ (ˈhɔːsˌwiːd) /

noun
the US name for Canadian fleabaneSee fleabane (def. 3)
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