bu·​gle·​weed ˈbyü-gəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce bugleweed (audio)
: any of a genus (Lycopus) of mints
especially : a North American perennial (L. virginicus) that is mildly narcotic and astringent

Examples of bugleweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Semi-evergreen ground covers often seen in Chicago-area yards include periwinkle (Vinca minor), English ivy (Hedera helix), wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei), Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis), bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) and liriope (Liriope spicata). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Among the ground cover plants that work well in dry shade are barrenwort (Epimedium); bugleweed (Ajuga reptans); creeping lilyturf (Liriope spicata); and the native Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2021 In the back some of the plants are golden Japanese forest grass, Spikenard, Brunnera, a beech tree, Golden Bleeding Heart, Barronwort, lilies, butterfly bush, rosebushes, ferns, Heuchera, Lamium, bugleweed, phlox, and Persicaria virginiana. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bugleweed was circa 1818

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“Bugleweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugleweed. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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bu·​gle·​weed ˈbyü-gəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce bugleweed (audio)
: any mint of the genus Lycopus
especially : a mildly narcotic and astringent herb (L. virginicus) of the eastern half of the United States

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