english plan-tain

English plantain

noun
a common plantain weed, Plantago lanceolata, having narrow basal leaves and a dense head of small, whitish flowers.
Also called ribgrass, ripplegrass, ribwort.


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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english plantain

noun
an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions 
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