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[hawg-weed, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌwid, ˈhɒg-/
any coarse weed with composite flower heads, especially the cow parsnip.
Origin of hogweed
1700-10; hog + weed1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hogweed
  • Unable to identify one plant growing on his doorstep, he leaves it alone and lets it grow: it turns out to be a giant hogweed.
  • Serial killers and giant hogweed would seem to have little in common.
  • Spread the word to friends and neighbors about giant hogweed.
  • hogweed scars remain sensitive to sunlight for several years.
British Dictionary definitions for hogweed


any of several coarse weedy umbelliferous plants, esp cow parsnip See also giant hogweed
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Word Origin and History for hogweed

1707, from hog (n.) + weed; used in different places of various plants eaten by hogs or deemed fit only for them.

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