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frostweed

[frawst-weed, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌwid, ˈfrɒst-/
noun
1.
a plant, Helianthemum canadense, of the rockrose family, native to eastern North America, having narrow leaves and a solitary yellow flower.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; frost + weed1; so called from the ice crystals which form on it during the first frosts
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