chick·​weed | \ ˈchik-ˌwēd How to pronounce chickweed (audio) \

Definition of chickweed

: any of various low-growing small-leaved weedy plants of the pink family (especially genera Cerastium and Stellaria) especially : a cosmopolitan weed (Stellaria media) naturalized in the U.S. from Eurasia

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Examples of chickweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Henbit and chickweed filled in the open ground in cut flower and perennial gardens. Calvin Finch,, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 This is much better than putting down nitrogen fertilizer which encourages chickweed to thrive. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Your Alaska summer weeding strategy is right here," 13 June 2019 Literally just a nanosecond of light is enough to trigger chickweed into germination. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Your Alaska summer weeding strategy is right here," 13 June 2019 Last among the common winter annual weeds, is the white-flowering common chickweed (Stellaria media), another tiny-leafed plant that hugs the ground. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Winter annual weeds ready to bloom, spread," 9 Mar. 2018 While ushering the good stuff in, chickweed flushes the bad stuff out. Christine Buckley, Bon Appetit, "How to Swap Exotic Superfoods for the Local Stuff," 19 July 2017 Make an additional pass over the lawn to control broadleafed weeds such as henbit, chickweed, dandelions and clover. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Burning questions about pests, weeds and more, as summer yields to fall," 5 Sep. 2017 Mulches applied to the proper depth will help reduce problems with annual weeds that grow from seeds, such as chamberbitters, spurge, annual bluegrass and chickweed., "How to wage war on weeds," 26 Aug. 2017 Apply Gallery to prevent germination of clover, dandelions, henbit and chickweed. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Brave the heat for these critical gardening tasks for the second half of August," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chickweed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Chickweed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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