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

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; tar1 + weed1
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Examples from the Web for tarweed

Historical Examples of tarweed

  • The tiny flames licked past them in the tarweed; they did not heed.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • Bears do not eat it, so the name Bear-clover is poor, and Tarweed belongs to another plant.

  • An abundance of tarweed, restricted to the deposit area, might well be considered a vegetation association.

  • Lysander, tired of waiting, came striding through the tarweed, with his hoe on his shoulder.

    Stories of the Foot-hills

    Margaret Collier Graham

  • 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