fleabane

noun
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 Early South Florida settlers stuffed oakleaf fleabane, a tiny lavender wildflower, into their mattresses to ward off fleas. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "In Miami suburbs, last remnants of the world’s rarest forest endure — at least for now," 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 11 Jul. 2020.

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