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horseweed

[ hawrs-weed ]

noun

  1. a North American composite weed, weed, Erigeron canadensis, having narrow, hairy leaves and clusters of very small greenish-white flowers.
  2. any of various other common weeds weed with small yellow flowers.


horseweed

/ ˈhɔːsˌwiːd /

noun

  1. the US name for Canadian fleabane See fleabane


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Word History and Origins

Origin of horseweed1

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; horse + weed 1

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Example Sentences

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.

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