butter weed

butterweed

[buht-er-weed]
noun
1.
any wild plant having conspicuously yellow flowers or leaves.
2.
the horseweed.
3.
a ragwort (Senecio jacobaea ) or groundsel (S. vulgaris ), both having yellow ray flowers.

Origin:
1885–90; butter + weed1

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butterweed

noun
1. American ragwort with yellow flowers 
2. any of several yellow-flowered plants of the genus Packera; often placed in genus Senecio 
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