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 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, "Why Are the Vibrant Colors of ‘The Scream’ Fading?," 13 Feb. 2020 The sky in its slow dawning revealed high blue shards of clouds, hills rich with goldenrod, a pond scummy at the edges. Lauren Groff, Harper's Magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 30 Mar. 2020 An autumnal sun bathed all in a blond light, goldenrod and desert grasses, and Churro sheep and their guardian dogs, which cocked heads and sniffed at the air, trying to catch a scent of coyotes. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 Yenzirbo’s wooden house is situated among rolling pastures and country roads edged with yellow fields of goldenrod. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia," 9 Jan. 2020 Bees and butterflies bounce and float from goldenrod to clover on the edge of a farm field. Pumpkins in various shades of orange ripen in a dusty field on top of a hill. Peter Marteka,, "A swath of Bethlehem farmland to explore," 20 Sep. 2019 Rows of overgrown bushes and goldenrod push up to the thin wisps of young chestnut trees, most of which are encircled by wiring or plastic tubes. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "From chickens to chestnuts: Where farmers work the old-fashioned way," 14 Nov. 2019 The upper reaches, near the entrance, have seen tree loss in recent years and the brighter light has made New England and calico asters and various goldenrods happy but such shade lovers as sedges not so content. Washington Post, "How the National Arboretum got its ferns and became a civic treasure," 29 Oct. 2019 The last bees and butterflies of the season hover over goldenrod and asters. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of goldenrod

1568, in the meaning defined above

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“Goldenrod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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