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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Recent Examples on the Web Grasses and leaves of golden rod, chickweed, smartweed, leaves and shoots from woody plants like blackberry, raspberry, and multiflora rose. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "Where to Take a Rabbit Super Slam," 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,, "Chickweed, henbit and sticker weed are planning their attack on your lawn, so fight back now," 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,, "Calvin Finch: Plant wildflower seed now for spring and summer blooms," 10 Sep. 2020 Common chickweed can transmit viral diseases that damage beets, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes and turnips. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "The Dirty Secret About Weeding," 8 May 2020 With its appealing flavor of nutty corn silk, spring chickweed is a delicacy best appreciated raw. Marie Viljoen/saveur, Popular Science, "Ten weeds you can eat," 19 Apr. 2020 Frequent edible garden weeds include dandelion, chickweed, plantain, clover, chicory, lamb’s quarters, sorrel, and violets. Popular Science, "How to start your own survival garden," 8 Apr. 2020 Frequent edible garden weeds include dandelion, chickweed, plantain, clover, chicory, lamb’s quarters, sorrel and violets. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How To Start Your Own Survival Garden," 31 Mar. 2020 The result is that broadleaf weeds such as henbit, chickweed, thistle, bedstraw and dandelions are prospering. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: It’s weed season, San Antonio gardeners. Here’s what to do," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chickweed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Chickweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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