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king devil

  1. any of several European hawkweeds introduced into northeastern North America, where they are troublesome weeds.
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Origin of king devil

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • He is the king-devil, and much the Commandant wants to cage him.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865


  • Each has a king-devil or arch-demon with a posse of subalterns or evil spirits.

  • A king-devil, come fresh out of hell, could scarcely have looked more terrible.

    Caesar's Column

    Ignatius Donnelly