t weed


Thurlow [thur-loh] , 1797–1882, U.S. journalist and politician.
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weed1 (wiːd)
1.  any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
2.  slang
 a.  the weed tobacco
 b.  marijuana
3.  informal a thin or unprepossessing person
4.  an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution
5.  to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
[Old English weod; related to Old Saxon wiod, Old High German wiota fern]

weed2 (wiːd)
rare See also weeds a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning
[Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth]

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Word Origin & History

"plant not valued for use or beauty," O.E. weod, uueod "grass, herb, weed," from P.Gmc. *weud- (cf. O.S. wiod, E.Fris. wiud), of unknown origin. Meaning "tobacco" is from 1606; that of "marijuana" is from 1920s. The verb meaning "to clear the ground of weeds" is late O.E. weodian.
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