mayweed

[mey-weed]
noun
  1. a composite plant, Anthemis cotula, native to Europe and Asia but naturalized in North America, having pungent, rank-smelling foliage and flower heads with a yellow disk and white rays.

Origin of mayweed

1545–55; obsolete mayth mayweed (Middle English maithe, Old English mægtha) + weed1
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mayweed

noun
  1. Also called: dog fennel, stinking mayweed a widespread Eurasian weedy plant, Anthemis cotula, having evil-smelling leaves and daisy-like flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. scentless mayweed a similar and related plant, Matricaria maritima, with scentless leaves

Word Origin for mayweed

C16: changed from Old English mægtha mayweed + weed 1
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