tarweed

[ tahr-weed ]

noun
  1. any of several resinous or gummy, composite plants of the genus Grindelia, having solitary flower heads.

Origin of tarweed

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; tar1 + weed1

Words Nearby tarweed

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How to use tarweed in a sentence

  • The brushed marks went not only through the carpet of pine needles, but through the tarweed, the snow brush, the manzañita.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
  • The fire had leaped the cleared path and was greedily eating in all directions through the short, pitchy growth of tarweed.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
  • The tarweed, especially, was stubborn under even the most vigorous wielding of his sharpened hoe.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
  • He raked carefully his broad path among the pine needles, laying bare the brown earth; hoed and chopped in the tarweed and brush.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
  • Tall, stately teasels stand like sentinels along the way, and the balsamic tarweed spreads its fragrance along the outer edge.

    Byways Around San Francisco Bay | William E. Hutchinson