hardheads

hardhead

1 [hahrd-hed]
noun
1.
a shrewd, practical person.
2.
a blockhead.
3.
a freshwater fish, Mylopharodon conocephalus, of California.
4.
the Atlantic croaker. See under croaker ( def 2 ).
6.
hardheads, a common knapweed, Centaurea nigra.

Origin:
1510–20; hard + head

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hardhead

2 [hahrd-hed]
noun
an alloyed silver coin of Scotland, issued in the 16th and 17th centuries, equal to one and one-half pence and later to twopence.
Also called lion.


Origin:
1555–65; perhaps (by folk etymology) < French hardit, after Philip III, named le Hardi the Bold (1245–85), king of France, who first issued the coin

knapweed

[nap-weed]
noun
any composite plant of the genus Centaurea, especially the weedy C. nigra, having rose-purple flowers set on a dark-colored, knoblike bract.
Also called hardheads, Spanish button.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English knopwed. See knop, weed1

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hardheads (ˈhɑːdˌhɛdz)
 
n
(functioning as singular) See also centaury Also called: knapweed a thistle-like plant, Centaurea nigra, native to Europe and introduced into North America and New Zealand, that has reddish-purple flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)

knapweed (ˈnæpˌwiːd)
 
n
centaury See also hardheads any of several plants of the genus Centaurea, having purplish thistle-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
 
[C15 knopwed; see knop, weed1]

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