witchweed

[ wich-weed ]
/ ˈwɪtʃˌwid /

noun

an Old World parasitic plant of the genus Striga, introduced into the southern U.S.: a serious pest of corn and other grass crops.

Nearby words

  1. witches'-broom,
  2. witchetty grub,
  3. witching,
  4. witching hour,
  5. witchingly,
  6. witchy,
  7. wite,
  8. witenagemot,
  9. with,
  10. with a grain of salt

Origin of witchweed

First recorded in 1900–05; witch + weed1

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British Dictionary definitions for witchweed

witchweed

/ (ˈwɪtʃˌwiːd) /

noun

any of several scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Striga, esp S. hermonthica, that are serious pests of grain crops in parts of Africa and Asia
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