Paterson's curse

Pat·​er·​son's curse | \ ˈpatə(r)sənz- \

Definition of Paterson's curse

: a perennial weed (Echium plantagineum) that is particularly troublesome on Australian rangeland

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History and Etymology for Paterson's curse

after William Paterson †1810 Australian administrator and botanist

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“Paterson's curse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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