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[hawk-weed] /ˈhɔkˌwid/
any composite plant of the genus Hieracium, usually bearing yellow flowers.
any of various related plants.
Origin of hawkweed
1555-65; translation of New Latin, Latin hierācium < Greek hierāk, stem of hiérāx hawk + Latin -ium -ium; see weed1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have since learned that the plant is Hieracium aurantiacum from Europe, a kind of hawkweed.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Along the paths there is a fringe of hawkweed and crowfoot and yellow cistus.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • A boy, about seven years old, was leading a kid by a chain, letting it crop the flowers of the hawkweed in the grass.

  • The Greeks considered the hawkweed a holy plant, inasmuch as it was dedicated to the use of a bird they held sacred.

  • For the same reason I had rather say “hawkweed” than “hieracium”; the homelier word has more of kindly friendship.

  • Dandelions, buttercups, hawkweed looked much as ours do at home.

    Our Hundred Days in Europe Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A little screen of leaves of the hawkweed permits only the rim of one edge of the nest to be seen.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • It was placed high and dry on a tussock in a flaming patch of hawkweed.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for hawkweed


any typically hairy plant of the genus Hieracium, with clusters of dandelion-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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