bed straw

bedstraw

[bed-straw]
noun
a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses.

Origin:
1350–1400; late Middle English; see bed, straw

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bedstraw (ˈbɛdˌstrɔː)
 
n
See also lady's bedstraw any of numerous rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, which have small white or yellow flowers and prickly or hairy fruits: some species formerly used as straw for beds as they are aromatic when dry

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