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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
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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any of about 1,200 species of annual, biennial, and perennial herbs, shrubs, trees, and climbers constituting the genus Senecio of the family Asteraceae, distributed throughout the world. Some species are cultivated as border plants or houseplants, and many species contain alkaloids that are poisonous to grazing animals

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