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groundsel1

[ground-suh l] /ˈgraʊnd səl/
noun
1.
any composite plant of the genus Senecio, especially S. vulgaris, a common weed having clusters of small yellow disk flowers without rays.
Origin of groundsel1
900
before 900; Middle English grundeswili(e), groundeswel, Old English grundeswelge, gundeswelge; compare Old English gund pus, swelgan to swallow, absorb (from its use in medicine); the -r- is by folk etymology from association with ground1

groundsel2

[ground-suh l] /ˈgraʊnd səl/
noun
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groundsel

/ˈɡraʊnsəl/
noun
1.
any of certain plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. vulgaris, a Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites) See also ragwort
2.
groundsel tree, a shrub, Baccharis halimifolia, of E North America, with white plumelike fruits: family Asteraceae
Word Origin
Old English grundeswelge, changed from gundeswilge, from gund pus + swelgan to swallow; after its use in poultices on abscesses
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