dwarf plantain

noun

1
: a small annual or sometimes biennial plantain (Plantago virginica) of North America with long soft hairs on the leaves and pale green or whitish flowers

called also hoary plantain, paleseed plantain, Virginia plantain

2
: a small annual plantain (Plantago erecta) chiefly of California and Oregon with hairy needlelike leaves and minute translucent flowers

called also California plantain, dotseed plantain, foothill plantain

Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dwarf plantain was in 1818

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“Dwarf plantain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarf%20plantain. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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