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fleabane

[flee-beyn] /ˈfliˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
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
1540-1550
1540-50; flea + bane
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British Dictionary definitions for fleabane

fleabane

/ˈfliːˌbeɪn/
noun
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, a related plant, Conyza (or Erigeron) canadensis, with small white tubular flower heads US name horseweed
4.
any of various other plants reputed to ward off fleas
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any of the plants of the genus Erigeron of the family Asteraceae, order Asterales, containing about 200 species of annual, biennial, and perennial herbs native primarily to temperate parts of the world. Some species are cultivated as rock garden or border ornamentals, especially E. alpinus, E. annuus, E. aurantiacus, E. karvinskianus, and E. speciosus.

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