gold·​en·​rod | \ ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio) \

Definition of goldenrod

: 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

Examples of goldenrod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 These plants were the top species magnets: black willow, a goldenrod named Euthamia graminifolia, Virginia bluebell and New York ironweed. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 The new line consists of three core items: a duvet cover, shams and a robe, all of which are 100 percent cotton and come in five of Taylor’s most popular colorways — sunflower, bluebell, black and sage ginghams, and her goldenrod plaid. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2021 While the vibrancy of summer has faded — no purple coneflowers or yellow goldenrod among the grasses — a different, stark beauty emerges. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 There are glimpses of what was meant to be, a clump of northern sea oats here, a goldenrod there, but all is now smothered in invasive vines and brambles and miscanthus grasses. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2020 Some of van Gogh’s work has undergone similar changes—his famous The Bedroom, featuring a goldenrod bed in a light blue room, once featured light purple walls. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of goldenrod

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldenrod was in 1568

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12 Sep 2021

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“Goldenrod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goldenrod

: a type of wild plant that has large groups of yellow flowers


gold·​en·​rod | \ ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio) \

Kids Definition of goldenrod

: a plant with tall stiff stems topped with clusters of tiny yellow flowers

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