gold·​en·​rod ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio)
: any of numerous chiefly North American composite perennial herbs (genus Solidago) with small heads of usually yellow late-blooming flowers often clustered in panicles compare rayless goldenrod

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a clearing surrounded by thick foliage and clumps of goldenrod, local leaders including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle celebrated the annual southern migration of millions of birds through the Chicago region — now already underway. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Late season: bottle gentian, Gentiana andrewsii; showy goldenrod, Solidago speciosa (superfood); New England aster, Aster novae-angliae (superfood); white turtlehead, Chelone glabra (immune builder). Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 As a result of too shallow a gene pool, some of these little goldenrod populations produce little to no viable seed. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Feb. 2022 Manet’s arresting late portrait (from 1880) of the writer-politician Antonin Proust, holding a yellow leather glove rendered as just a few bold dashes of goldenrod. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 People strolled the grounds, framed by fields of early goldenrod. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 Milkweed and moths at screens, fields of corn and goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace. Karen Brown, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2021 The goldenrod has just begun to bloom, its feathery yellow stalks peppering the hillsides. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 Violets or dogwood in spring, raspberries or purple coneflower in summer, goldenrod or asters in fall — the options are numerous and varied to fit in any garden. Carol Flynn,, 29 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goldenrod was in 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Goldenrod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



gold·​en·​rod ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio)
: any of numerous chiefly North American herbs that are related to the daisies and have tall stiff stems topped with rows of tiny usually yellow flowers on slender branches

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