flea-bane

fleabane

[flee-beyn]
noun
any of various composite plants, as Pulicaria dysenterica, of Europe, or Erigeron philadelphicus, of the U.S., reputed to destroy or drive away fleas.

Origin:
1540–50; flea + bane

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fleabane (ˈfliːˌbeɪn)
 
n
1.  any of several plants of the genus Erigeron, such as E. acer, having purplish tubular flower heads with orange centres: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.  any of several plants of the related genus Pulicaria, esp the Eurasian P. dysenterica, which has yellow daisy-like flower heads
3.  Canadian fleabane US name: horseweed a related plant, Conyza (or Erigeron) canadensis, with small white tubular flower heads
4.  any of various other plants reputed to ward off fleas

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