bedstraw

noun
bed·​straw | \ ˈbed-ˌstrȯ How to pronounce bedstraw (audio) \

Definition of bedstraw

: any of a genus (Galium) of herbs of the madder family having squarish stems, whorled leaves, and small flowers

Examples of bedstraw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most effective treatment to reduce the impact of bedstraw stickers is to rake up the sticky brown wads of the plant that still are setting in the shrub border and the edge of the lawn. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 7 May 2021 If the weeds that cause the most problems are broadleafs like bedstraw and henbit, select a product that targets broadleaf weeds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 3 Sep. 2020 The result is that broadleaf weeds such as henbit, chickweed, thistle, bedstraw and dandelions are prospering. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 20 Feb. 2020 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady's bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2019 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady’s bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 This week in the garden To reduce or prevent the germination of winter weeds such as bedstraw, thistle, dandelion, beggar’s lice, rescue grass, henbit, and annual bluegrass apply a pre-emergent herbicide such as Dimension, Amaze, or XL now. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 30 Aug. 2019 This week in the garden Apply a pre-emergent herbicide such as Dimension or Amaze to your lawn to prevent the germination of winter weeds such as bedstraw, henbit, thistle, beggar’s lice, annual bluegrass and rescue grass. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedstraw

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedstraw

from its use for mattresses

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The first known use of bedstraw was in 1527

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“Bedstraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedstraw. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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