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ragwort

[rag-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈrægˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any of various composite plants of the genus Senecio, as S. jacobaea, of the Old World, having yellow flowers and irregularly lobed leaves, or S. aureus (golden ragwort) of North America, also having yellow flowers.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see rag1, wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for rag-wort

ragwort

/ˈræɡˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. jacobaea of Europe, that have yellow daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites) See also groundsel (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for rag-wort

ragwort

n.

mid-15c., from ragged, in reference to the appearance of the leaves, + wort.

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