Definition of broomweed
1 : an herb (Scoparia dulcis) of the family Scrophulariaceae with small whitish flowers that grows in waste places in tropical and subtropical regions —called also sweet broomweed
2 : a tropical American herb (Corchorus siliquosus) used for making brooms
3 : any of several tropical plants of the genera Sida and Triumfetta used for broommaking
4 : broom snakeweed
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of broomweed
so called from its use in broommaking
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up broomweed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).