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fireweed

[fahyuh r-weed] /ˈfaɪərˌwid/
noun
1.
any of various plants appearing in recently burned clearings, as the willow herb, Epilobium angustifolium.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; fire + weed1
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  • Local fishermen have a different name for it: fireweed.
  • In heavily-burned sites, succession usually begins with herbaceous plants such as fireweed.
  • fireweed is now in flower, and its conspicuous purple-pink flowers will indicate areas that may warrant control measures.
  • fireweed and wild parsnip grow to five or six feet often mixed with salmonberry and rosebushes.
  • Horsetail, fireweed, dryas and willow shrubs are the early pioneers.
British Dictionary definitions for fireweed

fireweed

/ˈfaɪəˌwiːd/
noun
1.
any of various plants that appear as first vegetation in burnt-over areas, esp rosebay willowherb
2.
Also called pilewort. a weedy North American plant, Erechtites hieracifolia, having small white or greenish flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
3.
an Australian rainforest tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus, having whorls of bright red flowers
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