hog·​weed ˈhȯg-ˌwēd How to pronounce hogweed (audio)
plural hogweeds
: giant hogweed
The noxious hogweed plant may just now be drawing public attention, but its Westfield origin dates back at least 30 years …Ted LaBorde
: the Eurasian cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium)

Examples of hogweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One difference between the two is hemlock is found all over the U.S. but hogweed is specific to different regions. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of hogweed was in 1858

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“Hogweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogweed. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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