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bedstraw

[bed-straw] /ˈbɛdˌstrɔ/
noun
1.
a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English; see bed, straw
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bedstraw

/ˈbɛdˌstrɔː/
noun
1.
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 See also lady's bedstraw
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