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.

Nearby words

  1. horseshoe magnet,
  2. horseshoes,
  3. horsetail,
  4. horsetail agaric,
  5. horsetail tree,
  6. horsewhip,
  7. horsewoman,
  8. horsey,
  9. horsily,
  10. horst

Origin of horseweed

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; horse + weed1

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Examples from the Web for horseweed

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



British Dictionary definitions for horseweed

horseweed

/ (ˈhɔːsˌwiːd) /

noun

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