flea·​bane | \ ˈflē-ˌbān How to pronounce fleabane (audio) \

Definition of fleabane

: any of various composite plants (especially of the genus Erigeron) that were once believed to drive away fleas

Examples of fleabane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the tall leggy sunflowers, look for thistle, globemallow and fleabane. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 Khumalo collaborated with local Cape Town artist Shakil Solanki on a series of prints that depict cotton and a type of wildflower called Philadelphia fleabane. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2020 Early South Florida settlers stuffed oakleaf fleabane, a tiny lavender wildflower, into their mattresses to ward off fleas. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of fleabane

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Fleabane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleabane. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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