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chickweed

[chik-weed] /ˈtʃɪkˌwid/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Stellaria, of the pink family, as S. media, a common Old World weed whose leaves and seeds are relished by birds.
2.
any of various allied plants.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English chiken wede. See chick, weed1
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Examples from the web for chickweed
  • The dominant weeds were broadleaf species such as hairy nightshade, shepherd's purse, and chickweed.
  • Choices that rise to the top are either dandelions or chickweed, not roses.
British Dictionary definitions for chickweed

chickweed

/ˈtʃɪkˌwiːd/
noun
1.
any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Stellaria, esp S. media, a common garden weed with small white flowers
2.
mouse-ear chickweed, any of various similar and related plants of the genus Cerastium
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Word Origin and History for chickweed
n.

late 14c., chekwede, from chick + weed (n.). In Old English it was cicene mete "chicken food."

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