hawk·​weed ˈhȯk-ˌwēd How to pronounce hawkweed (audio)
: any of a genus (Hieracium) of perennial often apomictic composite herbs having usually yellow flowers compare orange hawkweed

Examples of hawkweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Attenborough's hawkweed, Hieracium attenboroughianum, is plant taxonomist Tim Rich's gift to David Attenborough. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2018 There are thousands of species and sub-species of hawkweed, and in some places in the U.S. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2018 Complaints about seeing hawkweed while on walks are up, as are questions about mass executions of butter and eggs, chickweed, German chamomile and cow vetch. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hawkweed was in 1562

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“Hawkweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawkweed. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


hawk·​weed ˈhȯ-ˌkwēd How to pronounce hawkweed (audio)
: any of several plants related to the daisies and having usually yellow, red, or orange flowers compare orange hawkweed

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