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

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My team uses glass paint to make: Christmas lights in unusual colors—warm cinnamon red, wintry loden green, goldenrod. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Holiday Entertaining Tips From the Party Planner to Presidents," 16 Nov. 2018 Ciara’s Toni Maticevski Fall 2018 gown was a showstopper, thanks to its asymmetrical design, goldenrod color, and impossibly high, thigh-baring slit. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Ciara and Russell Wilson Were the ESPYs’ Best-Dressed Couple," 19 July 2018 Below are 19 skin-care products that utilize power the goldenrod spice. Allure, "Derms Explain the Skin-Clearing Benefits of Turmeric," 9 Oct. 2018 In the living room, the designer toned down the parchment and goldenrod walls, traded out heavy gold silk-taffeta curtains for the same design in lighter-weight linen, and painted the fireplace and terra-cotta mirrors above it to mimic stone. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "Return Engagement," 7 June 2012 Single and mixed bouquets of red, yellow and white carnations, purple roses, goldenrod, chubby pink ranunculus, delicate Queen Anne’s lace and buttery acacia stand in tall, cylindrical glass vases. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 Our meeting spot is the penthouse suite of Unscripted, a delightfully retro hotel that pops with the rich goldenrod and crimson of the ‘60s at every turn. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in Your Bag, Jon Hopkins?," 1 June 2018 Instead, honeybees need plenty of high-nectar forage like clover, buckwheat, goldenrod, and flowering trees. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know About Organic Beekeeping Before Starting A Backyard Hive," 16 Feb. 2017 Every class in the school came out to plant black-eyed Susans, milkweed, goldenrod and other native flora, filling a 65-foot-long, 12-foot-wide dip in the schoolyard with a grand total of 354 plants. Brittani Howell, Post-Tribune, "Bloomington school's rain garden a beautiful solution to puddle problem," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of goldenrod

1568, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goldenrod

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


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Kids Definition of goldenrod

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

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