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

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History and Etymology for broomweed

so called from its use in broommaking

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“Broomweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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