ground·​sel | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-səl How to pronounce groundsel (audio) \

Definition of groundsel

: any of various senecios (such as the nearly cosmopolitan European weed Senecio vulgaris)

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Recent Examples on the Web Other evergreen choices include Christmas ferns, wood ferns (semi-evergreen), moss, golden groundsel (yellow spring flowers about 1-inch tall). Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Try these native groundcovers that will keep the deer away," 26 Apr. 2018 Spikes and fibers protrude from the flowering head of a herb groundsel in Havi Sarfaty's second-place image. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Revel in the Big Details of Tiny Things With These Prize-Winning Images," 4 Oct. 2017 A LUSH, LOW-EFFORT PLAN Under a canopy of tall trees and shrubs, designer Weaner created a leafy carpet of native ground covers, like groundsel, Canada anemone and heuchera. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Gardener learns to work with Mother Nature, instead of against her," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of groundsel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groundsel

Middle English groundeswele, from Old English grundeswelge, from grund ground + swelgan to swallow — more at swallow

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The first known use of groundsel was before the 12th century

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“Groundsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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