chickweed

noun
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 In early March, Joey Staub and I mucked our way through thickets of chickweed to reach a patch of scraggly late-winter collards. Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit, 13 Apr. 2022 Oddly enough, once your plants get large enough to beat the chickweed, the stuff actually acts as a pretty decent cover crop. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2021 Scarlet pimpernel is also sometimes called poison chickweed. Arkansas Online, 22 Mar. 2021 Scarlet pimpernel has a prostrate and spreading habit and without blooms is often mistaken for chickweed. Arkansas Online, 22 Mar. 2021 Grasses and leaves of golden rod, chickweed, smartweed, leaves and shoots from woody plants like blackberry, raspberry, and multiflora rose. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 Apply preemergence herbicides to your lawn now to prevent cool season annual weeds like chickweed, henbit, sticker weed and annual bluegrass from growing in your lawn. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 30 Sep. 2020 Dimension and Amaze are designed for weedy grasses but do a good job on such broadleaf weeds as henbit and chickweed. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 10 Sep. 2020 Common chickweed can transmit viral diseases that damage beets, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes and turnips. Margaret Roach, New York Times, 8 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chickweed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 Apr 2022

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“Chickweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chickweed. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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